345 Blog Posts From the John Carr Tag


The problem in the mirror

The problem in the mirror

Here’s an actual incident from the Lincoln, Massachusetts police log: “Caller reported seeing a car driving down Goose Pond Road the previous night.” That is what it takes to have the police called on you in a well off town. Just being there. Harassing nonresidents is law enforcement’s raison d’être. That driver got away because […]

So this stripper walks into a bar…

So this stripper walks into a bar…

I remember talking to a reporter in 2010. A late night accident in Worcester, Massachusetts left a young lady in the hospital. A decade later the legal dust has finally settled, leaving a lesson about why Massachusetts could be the best state to buy insurance in. I can tell it as an open-and-shut case. Late […]

Speed traps have an impact

Speed traps have an impact

Massachusetts continues its speeding ticket blitz and people are dying. Before the ticketing rampage fatal accidents were down in absolute numbers but up relative to the amount of traffic. Now they are up in absolute numbers too: 17 in the first three weeks of May compared to 14 in the same period last year. But […]

Open roads and speed traps

Open roads and speed traps

This week’s ignorance of the law award goes to the Massachusetts State Police, who said “Open roads are not a license to speed.” In fact open roads are a license to speed. Massachusetts has what is known as a prima facie speed law. Exceeding the speed limit is not against the law. Under ordinary conditions […]

The end of rush hour

The end of rush hour

Demand inevitably exceeds capacity, we’ve been told. That was never true and it’s especially not true now. Traffic volume is down 40% recently as people have nowhere to go. And rush hour is gone. UC Davis reported on changes in California traffic. With so many people staying home volume is down 40% and crashes and […]

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