337 Blog Posts From the John Carr Tag


The lens of Damocles

The lens of Damocles

The Massachusetts Senate is close to approving a bill allowing widespread use of ticket cameras. There were some preliminary votes a couple weeks ago. A slim majority seemed to support it, but perhaps in response to public comments a final vote was put off. Politicians hate it when voters find out what they’re up to. […]

Reduced speed traps boost safety in Colorado

Reduced speed traps boost safety in Colorado

A story from Colorado hit my inbox this morning. With fewer speed traps on I-70 near Grand Junction the highway is safer. That’s not what the reporter wants us to believe, but it’s at least as true as the conclusion he drew. Here are the facts. The road had seen “some pretty graphic accidents” so […]

Hide your phones

Hide your phones

Massachusetts police won a victory over drivers recently with passage of a law banning touching electronic devices while sitting in the driver’s seat. Police had been frustrated by their inability to write tickets for disallowed types of phone use. They mostly caught drivers who were stopped and so oblivious they couldn’t see the police officer […]

Numerology vs. safety

Numerology vs. safety

Anti-car activists in California released a report targeting the speed trap law. The speed trap law is much hated because it is effective. In other states city councilors can hand out signs and speed traps like candy to favored constituents. In California the law says speed limits on major urban streets can’t be below the […]

Excusing failure

Excusing failure

Another Vision Zero failure story comes out of Portland, Oregon. Five years into its ten year plan to eliminate traffic injuries, it looks like deaths are increasing. The city’s transportation director made an off-the-script admission: “A lot of it is out of our control.” When deaths go down, Vision Zero is working. When deaths go […]

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