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Police Issue 500 Tickets in South Boston Crackdown

State and local police have issued 500 citations as part of a joint initiative to crack down on street safety in South Boston

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    Police Issue 500 Tickets During South Boston Crackdown

    Police are cracking down on drivers in the area of South Boston where 2-year-old Colin McGrath was killed.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018)

    State and local police are targeting drivers in South Boston, hoping to send a message on a stretch of road that has seen its fair share of tragedy.

    It's where 2-year-old Colin McGrath was killed when a minivan went up onto the sidewalk and plowed into a stroller on July 25.

    On Tuesday, Massachusetts State Police and Boston Police announced a recent joint initiative led to approximately 500 citations.

    “We have drivers driving through here disregarding every single rule of the road,” one man said.

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    A demonstration Thursday in South Boston raised awareness of pedestrian and traffic safety following crash that killed a 2-year-old boy

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018)

    The community has demanded safer streets since McGrath's death, and police are listening.

    The tickets they're writing cost $250 and on an average night, the officers are writing between 15-20 tickets on the stretch of road.

    For Eillen Murphy, it’s personal. She was in a cross walk when she says she was hit back in 2003.

    “L Street has been a speedway for decades, and decades and decades,” she said.

    This is not a one night thing. Police say they will be back out again soon, as long as it takes they say to send a message to drivers that this will not be tolerated.

    The ticketing initiatve is the latest in a series of actions to address safety concerns. 

    2-year-old Colin Thomas McGrath was killed in a crash at the intersection of L and East 6th streets in South Boston on July 25

    Residents have peacefully protested, marching from the L Street Bathhouse to a traffic meeting at the Joseph P. Tynan Elementary School in South Boston.

    Officials have also already put new measures into place, including radars tracking speed and blockers making sure vision is not obstructed on corners.

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