A Lot of Warnings and a Few Tickets?



A Lot of Warnings and a Few Tickets?

The town of Barrington received a $226,000 grant as part of the RI Safe Routes to Schools Program.  According to an article on EastBayRI.com,

The money is intended to address a number of problem areas around Hampden Meadows School, including vehicles traveling at excessive speeds, drivers not yielding to pedestrians, a lack of crosswalks, inconsistent sidewalks, inadequate bike facilities, and poor pedestrian and bicycle signage.

Some of the grant money is being used to fund extra police traffic patrols in the Hampden Meadows School area.

“We issued a lot of warnings and a few tickets,” Chief LaCross said. “We’ve been out there monitoring the speed on New Meadow and Kent Street.”

Which begs the question, why don’t they issue a LOT of tickets?  I’d love to hear from somebody in law enforcement as to why they don’t issue more speeding tickets.  What’s the downside?  I would think the technology has reached a mature enough state where it’s pretty cut and dry when a car is speeding.  They take the time to pull someone over to issue a warning, why not write the ticket?  I honestly think hitting people in their pocketbooks is the only way we are going to get speeding under control in this state.


  • Sep 19, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Furthermore, the ticket they give ought to be prorated as to a person's annual income. A $200 speeding ticket is lunch for some of these Mercedes drivers. But it's a week's pay for some poor unfortunate rushing to a minimum wage job. While both are clearly wrong, circumstances dictate different judgments. The Mercedes doesn't even get stopped, while driver ought to be setting a good example.

    You don't need a ticket to see the bike riding, eco-friendly, politically active folk troupe Ginger Ninjas, performing tomorrow (Sat., Sept 20th) on the Brown Green (up Waterman Street) between 2:00 and 5:00 PM. They don't need electricity or gasoline to play or travel, all BIKE generated. Believe they run on beer and burritos.

  • Sep 22, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Speed limit on New Meadow Road is posted at 25MPH. This is the street they're monitoring.

    I lived off that street until recently and observed quite a few drivers exceeding the limit. Actually most of them. Its common for people to traverse the road at 35MPH – 45MPH.

    I drive sporadically but do take the time to enjoy driving when I have the opportunity. This means obeying speed limit laws to drag out trip time. So I tend to drive 25 on New Meadow for that reason and the fact that its a residential street, well my neighborhood.

    I always figured if you don't like the speed limit, petition the town to change it.

    So that's my mentality as I drive about. However, there was this one irate SUV driver that I've encountered a few times who would ride my bumper up until the point where I turned into my driveway only to let their horn go full blast the moment they cleared my car and could relatively instantly accelerate to their normal 45mph cruising speed. You can't imagine the number of times I wish they would have let loose at the point where I might've stopped the car, hopped out and given them a bit of my mind. In that Garp-like fashion.

    Some other thoughts. Town of Barringon occasionally redirects County Road traffic through New Meadow Road in the middle of the night. Especially annoying during the summer when cars are whizzing by at even higher than normal speeds. Someday someone is going to get hurt and its probably going to involve a child.

  • Sep 23, 2008 at 4:55 am

    Furthermore, the ticket they give ought to be prorated as to a person’s annual income. A $200 speeding ticket is lunch for some of these Mercedes drivers. But it’s a week’s pay for some poor unfortunate rushing to a minimum wage job.

    I like the idea, but how in the world would you implement this? Ideally, you write a ticket that causes some financial pain on the person who receives it. I really think this is the only way people will take their responsibility more seriously.

  • Sep 25, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Courts could easily/legally access current State Income Tax records before rendering a judgement. You need a court secretary that will present this info to judge. Multiple offenders need to have license revoked, as well, but that research also isn't always done in current system. Or, a surcharge could be added to someone's next tax bill. Pain for the pain inflicted on public is only fair.