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    Useless Kate Toomey Wants To Make Worcester 25 MPH Everywhere Because Insurance Rates Aren’t High Enough And It’s An Election Year

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    This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen:

    Yup, they wanna make everything in Worcester 25 mph. This is why Worcester can’t have nice things. You live in a city where people are getting stabbed like hot cakes, your property tax rate is insanely high, the schools are underfunded, they don’t plow the roads, there are panhandlers EVERYWHERE, undocumented immigrants are stabbing teachers to death, the Mayor is organizing protests to make Worcester a sanctuary city while calling his supporters morons, and THIS is what the City Council is making a priority. Of course it’s all being led by the token gravy dumpster on the council – Kate Toomey:

    The same woman who last year on this date got up in front of the Council and tried to make a rule saying that Turtleboy could no longer be cited in official city documents.

    Here’s why she wants to make it illegal to drive 26 mph in Worcester:

    “Councilor-at-Large Kathleen M. Toomey, chairman of the council’s Public Safety Committee, broached the idea of a lower speed limit Tuesday night in response to telephone calls and emails she said she has received from residents complaining about speeding on their street.”

    Yup, Kate Toomey is trying to change laws because some lonely housewife called and complained about cars driving too fast. Must be an election year.

    But there’s just one problem – how are you gonna enforce this?

    The councilor praised the efforts of the Worcester Police Department for the way it has responded to the many speeding complaints, but, she said, police can only be in so many places at once.

    So let me get this straight. There’s not enough police resources right now to enforce a 30 mph limit, so the solution is to change it to 25 mph? As usual, Kate Toomey sure must’ve spent a lot of time thinking this one through.

    Newsflash – that guy driving 50 mph down Hamilton Street isn’t gonna slow down because you paid for a bunch of 25 mph signs. He doesn’t give a shit what the speed limit is. If you don’t have the resources to stop him now, then you’re not gonna have the resources when you put in a bunch of new, expensive signs.

    Naturally the only one bringing any sort of sense to this proposal was the people’s Councilor Mike Gaffney:

    Councilor-at-Large Michael T. Gaffney said he feels part of the problem stems from not having good traffic light sequencing in the city. He said that lack of sequencing prevents the free flow of traffic, prompting some drivers at times to speed to try to beat the next red light.

    It’s so true. You’ll never see a light system more nonsensical than driving through Worcester. Webster Square, Burncoat Street, Lincoln Street, Highland Street, Pleasant Street, Main Street, and the worst of them all – lower Chandler Street:

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    Worcester’s leaders like to pretend that Worcester is a real city. But the traffic light system is so small town it hurts.

    Imagine driving 25 mph on Mill Street

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    or Goddard Memorial Drive

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    I’d rather kill myself.

    They always talk about making access to the airport easier. Well this is how you get to the airport. Now they’re trying to turn it into the Carlo Baldino expressway. Everyone’s gonna miss their flights. Smart.

    Let’s suppose the WPD does start to crackdown on this. First of all, it would be a gigantic mismanagement of resources. We’re living in a city with a high crime rate as it is. Fifty cars are stolen every week, and the cops don’t have the resources to fingerprint them or really even follow up and investigate it if your car is stolen. But I guess we have more cops than we know what to do with, because now they’re gonna be sitting on every street corner enforcing a new law Kate Toomey came up with because it’s an election year. The same Kate Toomey who recently voted to give herself a gigantic raise.

    More importantly, do you realize how high car and home insurance rates in Worcester are already? There’s nobody that gets boned harder than people who live in the border of Holden, Auburn, or any other neighboring town. If you live on Brattle Street you pay double the rate on car and home insurance than the guy living 100 feet down the road. Now we’re gonna start ticketing people on their way home from work or to the grocery store, and your rates are gonna go through the roof.

    The bottom line is this fixes nothing, and further shows just how out of touch Kate Toomey and her minions are about the REAL problems plaguing Worcester. She’s doing it because it’s an election year and some cranky rabble rouser on Burncoat Street called her up and whined about the children.

     

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    Discussion

    1. They call me Ponch


      I ride my 3-speed faster than that! No helmet. Headphones and rippin’ butts.
      Fuck you!

    2. John Galt


      Simple solution. Have some of her constituents call her to report that cars are moving TOO SLOW. That oughta counter-balance her too-fast calls.

    3. Kevi bashed in my skull


      It’s the same mentality on guns. Another shooting in Roxbury? Make more gun laws because the ones in place are so effective. This is another example of make-work by our do nothing law makers while the place burns down.

    4. Old Balls


      So now I’ll be getting speeding tickets on my lark? Wtf!

    5. Copycat


      Boston started it in January.

      1. Chris


        Yes, but Boston has 6 times as many cars and 3 times as many people.

      2. Alexander Knight


        Find me one road in Boston where you can clear 30 MPH at any hour of the day and I will buy you dinner.

      3. Sonny's Mom


        News during Howie’s show today announced that “5 Boston neighborhoods have now joined the Slow Streets program.” No details given but it sounds like the same thing.

    6. Mom's Basement


      This would have happened anyway now that pot is legal.

    7. Turd Burglestein


      More like a revenue generation scheme seeing as how the cops will be ticketing everyone going above that ridiculously low speed limit of 25mph. That’s like declaring the entire town as a 24 hr school zone. When can we vote this stupid bint out of office?

      1. Chris


        People go 35 in a 30 and nobody gets stopped. People go 70 in a 65 limit on the highway and no one gets stopped.

    8. Petty Victim


      The solution is simple. Deputize the panhandlers and let them collect the fines. BTW, the cops won’t pull over the minorities-too much hassle, get that soccer mom. Another BTW, half the cars in the city seem to be parked the wrong way against traffic now-more convenient for the peasants and no enforcement.

      1. J-Dub


        Well, soccer moms are the ones who actually pay fines…

    9. Mediocrity


      25 pmh? LMAO! Good luck with that!

    10. BobnMic


      Posting 25 mph signs throughout the city WILL create a safety issue. It will be a hazard. You will have people attempting to pass in the oncoming lane around those few that do operate at 25. Then big time problems happen. And that will happen trust me.

    11. FRANK


      I bet her chair smells like a sourdough cunt.

    12. Renee's Chin Drippings


      I always drive as fast as I possibly can through Wooosta… I want to avoid getting carjacked.

    13. Justyouraveragejoe


      When will the people of Worcester smarten up and vote these idiots out of office?

    14. Matthew D'Agostino


      Ergh, don’t even get me started on this!

      Speed limits are the biggest scam since Tommy Vu! They are designed with the lowest common denominator in mind, and assume that the majority of vehicles on the road are unsafe to operate above the aforementioned speed. In reality, modern cars are built to go faster, and be able to do so in a safe manner. It is nothing more than a revenue generator for the state.

      If everybody else is going 80 on the Pike, its actually far more dangerous to travel grossly under the speed limit whilst traveling in the left lane, than to just move with the flow of traffic.

      If a cop spots an asshole driving 50 MPH down a residential street, should he ticket him!? Of course. If there is a vehicle driving 3 mph over the speed limit late at night, in a high-crime section of Worcester, why not use the minor speeding violation as probable cause to probe further? There are certain exceptions, but I can assure you that setting and enforcing a city-wide 25 MPH speed limit is the biggest waste of time and resources

    15. Alexander Knight


      Teehee, you said everyone’s gonna miss their flightS, plural….silly turtle, ORH doesn’t have flightS…it has flight. Just one. Singular. Flight.

    16. Independent Thinker


      If speeding is a problem, then the solution is traffic enforcement, not new traffic laws. Typical progressive mentality.

    17. livesinlowell


      I bet the guys in the signs department are against this. It might cut into their newspaper reading time at the garage.

    18. aDdm


      How is this also going to work on Gold Star Blvd., Park Ave, Salem St.. Southbridge St. outside of downtown, or Plantation St. (from Rt. 9 to I-290) – roads that were built for higher speeds? I feel like better precautions should be spent elsewhere – like improving the traffic flow and more larger) pedestrian crossing signals.

    19. wormtownspawn


      i live off of mill st. as much as the WPD tries to dissuade speeding on mill. it’s still a speedway .those people in front of you doing 35 in the 30 ( all mill st ) are us residents trying to save you from an insurance increase. don’t flip us off , just give a thumbs up and slow down
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