This is how 2005 has been shaping up so far.
"July Forth is a time to celebrate with family and friends all that's great about America. However, we all must keep our guard up against the dangers of drunken driving over this holiday period," said the Secretary of of Public Safety. (I don't know about you, but my "holiday period" lasted one day - not 17, like his.)
So what caused such a massive show of force this year? Exactly how many people were killed in Massachusetts over the two-day July Forth holiday period in 2004? Well, as it turns out last year there were exactly two people killed in Massachusetts in motor vehicle crashes during that period - and neither one was caused by drunk driving... But I digress.
During the July Fourth feeding frenzy on I-95, a Massachusetts man struck a New Hampshire state trooper with his car after skidding into the breakdown lane where the trooper was standing.
The reason N.H. Captain Christopher Colitti was standing with two other officers in the breakdown lane was that they were on the "You drink and drive, you lose" patrol. (Apparently in New Hampshire, a radar or LIDAR gun can somehow determine who's been drinking and who hasn't...)
As the driver was slowing down to let officers run out on the Interstate and stop a car in front of him, he skidded into the breakdown lane (which was by the way specifically designed for emergency stopping). Since he wasn't speeding, he was cited with operating at unreasonable speed and - presumably based on his un-American name - the officers were working to check his legal status in this country. Happy Fourth, Dionicio Pablo!
Meanwhile back in Massachusetts, Colonel Thomas G. Robbins announced that road blocks will be implemented two weeks after the Forth of July weekend for the purpose "to further educate the motoring public." And just try to refuse or even question this education!
Below are additional notes from John Carr, our State Chapter Coordinator.
Over the past few years Route 3 from Burlington to New Hampshire was rebuilt and is now a six-lane highway with full shoulders on both sides and improved interchanges. But the speed limit is still 55. The Boston Globe has reported twice that the speed limit will never be increased because the road was only designed for 55.
Because the road is obviously safe at higher speeds I called MassHighway to check on this statement. They referred me to Modern Continental, the contractor responsible for the project, and their spokesman told me that in fact the highway was designed for 110 km/h (68 MPH). This is the standard design speed for Interstate and equivalent highways.
The average speed of traffic on Route 3 is 70 MPH. The road was designed for safe travel at that speed. But the speed limit is still 55!
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