It seems like the Boston City Council has had it up to here with bad drivers racing on our roads! According to Universal Hub, City Councilor Andrea Campbell has suggested cameras at major intersections to catch drivers in the act of blowing red lights and speeding. A ticket will be issued and then sent in the mail compliments of the City of Boston. After just five months, the city of Providence, RI, issued nearly 40,000 traffic tickets – and brought in $1.8 million in revenue from cameras catching speeders. But it also generated a federal lawsuit by drivers who said the cameras violated a state law requiring signs warning drivers of nearby cameras.
Another proposed idea? A dedicated full-time traffic enforcement BPD unit.
Back in late August, the Boston Police Department and Massachusetts State Police Troop H conducted a joint enforcement initiative on Day Boulevard in South Boston and streets feeding onto it aka L Street and Farragut Road to name a few. Both troopers and officers cracked down on crosswalk enforcement, speeding, and other unsafe driving behaviors. Approximately 500 citations for traffic violations were issued between the two departments!
Since tragic events in the summer, the City of Boston – including City Councilor Ed Flynn – has taken measures to calm traffic including lowering the speed limit from 30mph to 25mph. adding bike lanes, speed board signs, bumping out pedestrian crosswalks and enforcement. Enforcement seems to be the most effective in slowing down motorists.
This past week, BPD officers were on East Broadway during the evening rush hour pulling people over for traffic infractions. We say let’s keep it going!
Hopefully the city council can get some momentum going with these ideas because people are still speeding, not allowing pedestrians to cross and running stop signs and red lights every single day.