ATTLEBORO, MA- A new
ordinance passed by the Attleboro city council will require city cabdrivers,
ice cream truck drivers and door–to door solicitors to be fingerprinted and
checked in both state and federal databases.
Bruno Ragusa lives in Attleboro. He said,
"You know it protects the kids and just makes it a lot safer
"In my opinion, I
would not want a convicted sex offender selling ice cream out of a truck in my
community," said police chief, Kyle Haegney.
Haegney helped bring
this idea to the table six months ago. Although the city hasn't had a spike in
predatory crimes, it's weeding out those who could be repeat offenders.
"Perhaps a criminal offender who has various sex assaults that wants to
apply to be a cab driver or a person who wants to sell goods and ware
door–to–door and he has a criminal history of breaking into homes; those are
the type of people we're trying to vet out of the process."
Everyone with a criminal
history will not be completely denied a license. It's done case, by case.
Some residents say it's
a good idea.
"It would make me,
myself feel better knowing that people have done background checks to make sure
you know, there's not a child molester running an ice cream truck or somebody
knocking on my door that has previous violent charges on them," said Melissa
City cab drivers already
have to get background checks. Some say they have no problem with getting fingerprinted
"A cab driver like
myself, if you get someone with a serious record, you wouldn't really want them
driving one of your family members down the street alone," said cab driver,
Christina Durfee is also
a cab driver. She said, "We have to deal with the public and you never know
what could happen out here. And if you got certain things on your record and
it's harmful to another person and or dangerous, then you shouldn't be
The mayor is expected to
sign the ordinance Thursday. It would take affect by April.