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:
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
or Goddard Memorial Drive
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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