Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Framingham Speed Limit Decreasing from 30 mph to 25 mph In Thickly Settled Neighborhoods and Business Districts

This feel good move by the City will take time to get used to. Even with those new radar generated lighted speed signs like we have on Wickford, most everyone I see just ignores them. Case in point, last week I was driving from Fenwick onto to Wickford and saw the speed sign saying I was doing 25 mph. Half way down the little hill, a black Audi Plate number 1FE787 passed me. And it does seem the drivers coming from Linda onto Wickford are still playing chicken with those who are on Wickford crossing the bridge. Three times in 2 weeks drivers have pulled out after stopping at the stop sign. A serious accident will happen there imo. And the money DPW is spending on those speed signs may not be as effective as one might think. So the speed signs are to take the place of a new improved intersection at Wickford and Linda that I thought was in the works..

FRAMINGHAM, MA – The Department of Public Works will be installing new "Thickly Settled, 25 mph" speed limit signs throughout the City. The Traffic Commission and City Council recently voted to adopt legislation that allows cities and towns to implement a statutory 25 mph speed limit in thickly settled neighborhoods and business districts. The speed limit will apply to all thickly settled neighborhoods, city-wide unless posted otherwise.

Mass. General Law chap. 90 § 1 defines a thickly settled neighborhood as, "territory contiguous to any way which is built up with structures devoted to business, or the territory contiguous to any way where dwelling houses are situated at such distances as will average less than two hundred feet between them for a distance of a quarter of a mile or over."

Although the DPW will install a generous number of signs to inform the public, the law does not require such signs to be present for the 25 mph limit to be enforced. All that is required are for signs to be installed at the primary entry points to the community. Motorists are expected to know if they are traveling in a thickly settled area or business district.

Most of the City is covered by this speed limit. Unless otherwise posted, people should consider the speed limit to be 25 mph.

The Police Department will immediately begin enforcing the new 25 mph speed limit. We anticipate handing out several warnings at first. However, that will not always be the case. Motorists can expect strict enforcement in a very short time.

17 Comments:

At June 11, 2019 at 3:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a way for the cops to write more tickets if you ask me. Without lots of signage no one is going to even know this is happening and they will get tickets.

 
At June 11, 2019 at 3:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey the mayor needs to make money somewhere to pay for her trip to Hawaii. Looks like that will come from tickets.

 
At June 11, 2019 at 3:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another way to say welcome to framingham. So we adopt this but maybe neighboring towns don't and if you don't live in Framingham how would you know if there is no sign indicating that on the street you are on? Seems like we are opening ourselves up to someone contesting this if the signage is not in place. Why are we always trying so hard to make Framingham a city that wants to getcha for any little thing we do?

 
At June 11, 2019 at 3:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was there any public comment opportunity before they did this? If there was I missed it and I bet most others did also.

 
At June 11, 2019 at 4:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think slower traffic in residential areas is a good thing so what is everyone bitching about?

 
At June 11, 2019 at 4:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cops have publicly stated they are not respected by the residents of Framingham. I see this as a way for them to get back at us for not bowing down to kiss their feet.

 
At June 11, 2019 at 4:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When someone pays a speeding ticket who get that money? Do the cops get to spend that as they see fit or will those payments go into the city accounts?

 
At June 11, 2019 at 5:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Safety first, and slowing down on the roads leads to safer roads. But I have to ask, do we currently have unsafe roads in Framingham that are unsafe because of speeding? I don't think so. I think they are unsafe because of lack of traffic lights, disregard for stop signs. I don't see speeding as a big problem here so where is their data saying speeding is a big issue that we need to address or did someone just make this up?

 
At June 11, 2019 at 8:40 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

Rarely do you see a Framingham cruiser pulling over someone. Unless it's at night it seems. Chances of making a big drug bust is always on their minds and speeding gives them probable cause to stop you. Driving offenses are just another attack on certain types of drivers and locations. The revenue generated goes back into the general fund and not directly to FPD.
I'm fine with lower speeds, but when and where will they enforce already existing traffic laws? But if Wickford Road is an example of what those electronic in your face radar driven signs get ignored, what's the point of spending all that money on them to begin with? I'll bet, all in, those signs cost 3 grand a piece.

 
At June 12, 2019 at 9:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where does the money for those signs come from? If this comes from the police dept budget can someone tell me the line item number for this.

 
At June 12, 2019 at 10:04 AM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

now thats a good question... my guess is DPW budget. I'll ask

 
At June 12, 2019 at 11:03 AM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

They come from the DPW budget says Peter Sellers.

 
At June 12, 2019 at 3:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for getting that answer for me Jim on whose budget this comes out of. So is it safe to assume the Sellers anticipated the need for these signs when he did last year's budget? If not is he padding his budget every year to allow for the "unexpected"?

 
At June 12, 2019 at 5:24 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

another good question. I'll have a look at his budget and see if there's any reference to these speed signs. I'd wager that the money they won't have to spend on the beaver problem this year, freed up some spare change.

 
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At June 14, 2019 at 5:03 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

thanks for the url. Are these signs coming from India?

 
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