105 Blog Posts From the MASSACHUSETTS Tag


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 […]

Another crisis created

Another crisis created

Massachusetts officials spent decades avoiding highway improvement projects and treating drivers as rolling wallets. A study out this month confirms they were successful in creating congestion. Now they offer the prepared solution to the crisis they created: more tolls. It’s the same playbook they used on the Massachusetts Turnpike. The Turnpike Authority put off maintenance […]

Practice makes imperfect

Practice makes imperfect

A few years ago an overzealous prosecutor put a Massachusetts man in prison for life after a high speed chase. He got the jury to call it murder when it was clearly negligent homicide or manslaughter. While that case was making its way through the system a more sympathetic jury on the other side of […]

The ghettos of Lincoln

The ghettos of Lincoln

Lincoln is one of the richest towns in Massachusetts but it has a ghetto too. As in some other states, towns here are legally required to permit affordable housing. Most residents don’t want anybody moving in, and especially those people. What to do? A compromise was reached. The dirty masses would be allowed to live […]

I can’t drive 30

I can’t drive 30

A government traffic engineer told me his team used to routinely review speed limits until they noticed nobody in authority was acting on staff reports. A key feature feature of California’s speed trap law is a requirement to review old speed limits. In New England speed traps don’t expire, they get seniority. Six months ago […]

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