Thursday, December 3, 2009

TRAFFIC: Traffic speed regulations & school zones

Question/Comment: A resident is concerned that the Kennedy school zone is not posted. She did some online research and found that it is several houses past hers, but she believes there are no signs marking it. 

Additionally, to reduce traffic speed around the city, she suggests that Somerville should have zero tolerance speeding days. She was pulled over and ticketed in San Diego for going one mile over the speed limit.  Apparently it was broadly advertised as a zero tolerance day, but she had not heard about it.  She thinks this could be a good idea for Somerville.

City Update 12/4/2009: The City's traffic engineer said that he would do some research on the posting of school zones. The Chief of Police said that it is difficult to ticket drivers who are speeding by less than five miles over the speed limit because traffic courts often throw out these tickets, because of the presumed inaccuracy of speed tracking. Because these tickets are often contested, it greatly increases the cost of having officers in court. The policy can be further discussed and considered, however. 

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