Archive forNovember, 2016

Inman Square: No left turn Day 2

Morning commute captures one driver trying to turn left. Once again, I was pleased to see that they were using their turn signal, despite the oops on not turning left.

Afternoon commute captures grid-lock, but most likely not due to the new traffic pattern introduced. Grid locks are so popular here, especially in the direction depicted in this video. If police officers decides to cite this behavior they should have no trouble pulling motorists over (and for drivers who are reading: it’s the same as “if you want to ticket a cyclist, there are plenty of them to ticket”.)

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Inman Square: No left turn Day 1: police officer turns left

I captured this on day one of City of Cambridge’s plan to prohibit left turns at Inman Square: A police officer taking a left turn where prohibited.

Before anybody freaks out: I fully believe that police officers, in the event of emergencies, should have the freedom to break traffic laws in order to do their jobs to protect/serve. That’s what the sirens are for so we know to get out of the way. But breaking traffic laws for their own convenience, in my opinion, is simply an abuse of power. I see no emergency lights in this officer’s behavior (although I was pleased to see him use his left turn signal).

For reference, the image of prohibited turns are shown in the City’s article is here.

The travel of direction of this video goes from the top left corner of the photo to the bottom right. Clearly, we aren’t supposed to turn left there starting November 3rd – today.

I just find this …irresponsible. Doesn’t send the right message to the motorists, for sure.

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