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Citizen complaint of the day: Lunatic drivers on Hyde Park Avenue in Roslindale

Two damaged cars on Desteafano Road

Two of the damaged vehicles.

A fed-up citizen filed a 311 complaint this afternoon imploring the city to do something about all the reckless speeders on Hyde Park Avenue between Cummins Highway and Blakemore Road in Roslindale.

As proof of the need for enforcement, the complaint includes three photos from a crash this afternoon at Hyde Park Avenue and Destefano Road that left four cars - two of them innocently parked on Hyde Park Avenue - heavily damaged.

It is especially dangerous pulling out of DeStefano onto Hyde Park Ave. 4 cars damaged, 2 parked on Hyde Park near DeStefano in Roslindale.

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You can't say it even slows traffic if they just have to go the speed limit.

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There are not enough cops in the world to do traffic enforcement and be present at the site of every potential auto accident. They need to change driving behavior by modifying the roads somehow - road diets, traffic lights, speed cameras, red light cameras, bike lanes, something. And maybe start testing people's cell phones to see if they were being used at the time of the accident just like they give sobriety tests. Refuse to turn over your cell phone, mandatory license suspension.

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How about designing the street to make it impossible to go fast.

The cops can then focus on what they need to do in the city.

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that a specific traffic force would bring into the city would more than pay for the dept.
How many cars to you see driving around with either expired - LONG EXPIRED - inspection stickers and no stickers at all? Even those fines, paid to the city, would pay for the dept.
Issue actual speeding tickets. I don't mean going 5 mph over. I mean going 40+ in a 25.
I'm not a fan of traffic light cameras that would send out a ticket automatically, but if you have actual law enforcement at the major places where speeders run rampant, make the money for the city and, maybe, slow those fks down.

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on my street they ticket expired inspection stickers on the first.

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No one way in hell am I handing over an unlocked personal computing device to some cop without a warrant. If they want to find out if the phone was active, they can ask the phone company for cellular data logs.

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But there is staunch opposition to each of those points.

  • road diets - See the West Roxbury temper tantrum
  • red light/speed cameras - Beacon Hill needs to legislate that before we can even consider getting it before the NIMBYs of mass. Plus you get plenty of comments here saying its a cash grab, it'll violate civil rights and target minorities (not my talking points of course)
  • bike lanes - See literally any public meeting or online post about bike lanes
  • something - I mean what else is there? Ban cars? hahahaha

The cell phone part does seem to be diving into a civil rights area and I am not a lawyer, I'll defer on that point.

So absent of all of those points, BPD is the only entity capable of doing something about reckless driving. All you have to do is look at Kendra Lara driving recklessly (allegedly) for several years with a suspended license to understand that no one has to have any actual fear of consequences on the road. Well, unless you mess up of course.

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Hyde Park Ave would benefit from having dedicated bus lanes. At least during rush hour. The traffic is not that heavy except for the few blocks around Forest Hills station. Having 4 lanes across is the reason for all the speeding. Change it to 3 lanes, with a dedicated bus lane. And allow marked school buses to use the lane. This will help cyclists and benefit more people than just bike lanes.

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On Your Dime: East Providence collects millions from out-of-town speed cam violators

https://turnto10.com/i-team/on-your-dime/speed-cameras-east-providence-c...

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The driver that crashed into the parked car has been identified as one Mr. J. Quincy Magoo. Magoo's houseboy Charlie reports Magoo will release a statement soon.

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It's Blakemore Street actually.

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