113 Blog Posts From the MASSACHUSETTS 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. […]

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 […]

War of words

War of words

I suppose it was a win-win situation. The police officer got to yell at somebody and I got to my destination sooner. But more importantly it was a warning about how police testify. As a favor to police unions Massachusetts does not follow national standards for temporary traffic control. When the bucket truck comes in […]

Ghosts of convictions past

Ghosts of convictions past

Earlier this year a truck driver was arrested in Connecticut then killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire. Now Massachusetts drivers are being punished. Why is it our fault? In the American system of traffic law the punishment precedes the trial. The truck driver, Mr. Zhukovskyy, was accused of DUI in Connecticut. The arrest was supposed […]

Ex post facto

Ex post facto

I wrote recently about what happens when the unwritten rules change. Aspirational speed limits became computer-enforced speed limits. Or the school bus driver waits for everybody to sit down. A sheriff stalks the wrong victim. Or most recently, a police officer fails to anticipate the result of the next election. We have a victim of […]

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