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Drag racing injures another; this time on American Legion Highway in Mattapan

Around 10 p.m. yesterday, WBZ reports.

The road has long been popular among local drag racers.

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...for when you want to drive from Mattapan to Roslindale to JP in only seconds. Although is that even part of JP? According to the internet, 02131 goes all the way up to Morton so American Legion is never in JP.

Anyways, hope these guys lose their tricked out cars, licenses, Bentleys, etc...

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Drag racing on that stretch of American Legion Highway is all but a proverb.

Back in the day there used to be an entrance to the State Hospital that was on the eastern side of the roadway. This land is now occupied by the Boston nature Center and housing now. However 50 years or so back the state hospital was home to mostly mentally incompetent people with a wide-range of problems from insanity and mental retardation to people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. In those days there were no treatments.

The entrance had its own traffic light. There are remnants of the old gate and where the signal was that can still be seen. It was right about where the mulch company sits.

That signal and the one at Walk Hill Street set the stage for the ability for late-night dragging between the signals in both directions. And there were plenty of accidents and likely deaths as well back then. Kids would line up and punch the gas pedal when it turned green.

As to what communities... It's Roslindale on the west side between Walk Hill and Canterbury Street, so the Youth Service facility and the mulch company are legally in Roslindale. The east side of the highway from Walk Hill to Canterbury (at the "Police Post") is in Mattapan. Northerly from there to Blue Hill Ave is usually considered Dorchester. The actual boundaries for police, fire, and election districts vary and each may call parts by other community names which is why sometimes it is not clear.

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Well dam. This description and historic knowledge of the area is simply amazing and correct, I felt like I was driving down American Legion Highway. This person need a tour guide job. GPS got nothing on this.
However the truly sad and tragic truth about this information is many people over the years have lost their lives to speeds on this road. Including a family friend many years ago. I'm sure every time a surviving families and love ones here on this must re-live their/our tragedy.

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How much does the idiot "reality*" TV show Street Racers encourage this stupidity?

* It is not, of course, reality; any law enforcement district depicted would have the participants in court within days of each episode being transmitted, if the program were not completely fake.

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the dirt bike/ATV crap in Creed almost ruined an otherwise terrific film for me. I don't like seeing this stuff get any nods.

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Does all the illegal gambling, drugs, weapons, killing ruin movies for you like Goodfellas or Black Mass, or is that "different."

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Black Mass was a total POS movie to begin with, but your comparison are just stupid. Goodfellas (and The Godfather and The Departed and Scarface or whatever other movies you want to throw in) are movies about criminals and crime. Duh. Creed is a movie about boxing that ends up using dirt bike and ATV inner city machismo as essentially a replacement for Rocky's run up the steps--it's the pre-fight lets-do-this-thing moment of the movie. And yes, I loathe the dirt bike daredevils enough that it irks me to see them used this way in a movie. Not sure how that makes me down with drugs and illegal gambling...

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Vision Zero now please.

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That's a very important bit of information.

If the injury was a consequence of the injured person consensually doing something very illegal and unsafe, that's one billionth as bad as a injured innocent pedestrian the other day.

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An injured drag racer is the best result in this situation. It takes a dangerous driver who has no concern for the lives of others off the road. Cops and politicians aren't doing anything about it so we have to hope the drivers ineptitude gets them out from behind the wheel.

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Put up one of those speeding ticket cameras on all the drag racing spots. When they start getting tickets in the mail the racing will stop.

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This. And all around BU.

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Hopefully someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

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After word gets around that there's a camera there, what's to stop a drag racer from taping a piece of cardboard over their license plate?

I think the correct solution is for police to stake out the area and use quick-deploy tire spikes, which safely bring vehicles to a stop.

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Yes on police presence, and camping out to nab the bastards and put them away.

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I've always wondered why there isn't a more regular police traffic check there. it would be like shooting fish in a barrel. I can here that nonsense going on all night in the summers when the windows are open and everyone seems to know it's a pastime there. Can't believe the cops aren't aware.

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Boston Police and the mayors office (this and the previous one) have allowed this behavior by not enforcing traffic laws. Drivers speed ALL over Boston. Drivers run stop signs ALL over Boston. Drivers make illegal turns on reds ALL over Boston. Drivers double park ALL over Boston when they cant find a space. Drivers in Boston feel they can do whatever and the police do NOTHING, walking past BPD you even see police employees parking in a travel lane, illegally, because hey, why should they have to pay for parking or take the T (Ruggles station is next door) like other workers. If the police would DO THEIR JOB and the mayor would DO HIS, drivers in Boston wouldn't feel the laws don't apply to them.

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American Legion needs full street design remediation to comply with Complete Streets/Vision zero standards. And quit calling a 35 mph road a highway.

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