Friday, August 1, 2014

Finding Car 54!

      For those of you who weren't around back in
1961, or just don't remember,"Car 54 Where Are You?"
was the title of a popular and hilarious TV police
sitcom. It featured stories about fictional police officers
Gunther Toody and Francis Muldoon  in the Bronx
assigned to Patrol Car 54.
    Back in December of 2012 I thought I spotted Car
54  parked near the Masonic Lodge along Main Street
in Jenkins Township.
    Earlier this year it showed up in a driveway
along Westminister Road.
    Then, yesterday, I found it again. This time by
someone's home along Thompson Street.
    I suspect everybody else saw it too because it's
about the only time I've ever seen motorists driving
under the posted 30 mph speed limit along that
stretch of roadway!
    Now I'm not really sure this particular Patrol Car
was # 54.  I didn't see Officer Toody or Muldoon. In
fact, come to think of it, I didn't see any officer at all!
     The vehicle, parked as though it might be checking
for speeders, looked as though it was ready to spring
into a pursuit....except for the fact there was no one
around to drive it!
      Seems like it's the officer, rather than the car, whose
whereabouts are in question! Every time I've seen this
cruiser the driver's seat has been empty! Either that or
the Township has one very short policeman!
      Actually this "Car 54" seems to be a spare
vehicle that's being strategically placed in various spots to
give the impression the police are there..watching and
encouraging motorists to drive safely.
        It also seems like a good idea. Officer or not, people
see the cruiser and most slow down!
        And, who knows, maybe the officer who parked the
car is walking back to the station. That, at least once in
awhile, puts a cop on "the beat!"
         Just hope they don't need it too quickly for a road
block or the like!
          Hope they remember where they parked it this
week and that all your NEWS is good!

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