SOUND OFF: Braintree's Worst Drivers?

If it were up to you, where would you set up Braintree's latest speed trap?

We've all had the feeling—a driver cuts you off, ignores a red light or speeds past a group of children and our sense of justice kicks in: “How great would it be if a cop saw that?”

Bearing in mind that Town Hall decision-makers occasionally read our comment section, we wanted to throw this question out to our readers: in a perfect world, where would you set up the town's next speed trap? 

Your neighborhood cross street? A school crossing walk? Somewhere along Granite Street or West Street? Tell us where the town should set up a net for speeders in our comments section below. 

Sean August 29, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I'd love to see a cop sitting in the Geyers garage parking lot on Commercial Street right by the tracks at around 4:30pm-6:30pm to grab the people who are too impatient to wait in line while the train goes by so they drive down the wrong side of the road to take a left turn on to Front Street. Only once did I see a person get pulled over for this and it was only because there was a state trooper in the front of the line waiting for the train to pass.
fdsfsd August 29, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Washington Street. Comming up from commercial street, and that intersection heading towards elm street. I HATE IT when people say in the left lane to cut ahead of everyone waiting, and then pull over into the right lane just at the last minute. If i could do bodily harm to everyone that did that, i would.
Carol Ann Mannion August 30, 2012 at 07:26 AM
Quincy Ave...OMG right at the landing where we are SUPPOSE to choose the left lane to turn left and the right lane to continue into the landing ! EVERY DAY someone much more important than I am (hahaha) will either stop at the left green light and everyone else gets stuck or they fly through and cut off the right lane. I think I see cameras there.... what the heck are they there for ?? Will the PD take pics and mail out tickets ? PLEASE ! (very similar driving styles to what "fdfsfsd" has posted already)
Amanda August 30, 2012 at 12:06 PM
I have a problem with the Union St rotary - people fly off the highway into the rotary, don't look, don't yield - as if it's more urgent for them to get through there then anyone else, like say the people in the rotary who have the right of way!
Alice August 30, 2012 at 01:08 PM
trying to coming out of Morrison Road, high brushes on left keep you from seeing .who coming,and they coming way too fast. you just have to come out not knowing if a car is coming. many close call;s.
Robert Kearns August 30, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Quincy Ave, the town just did a speed trap last night. The speed limit is actually 35 mph. Also there is poor signage on the speed limit.
Robert Kearns August 30, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Carol Ann Mannion That is so right! they need police officers down the landing!
Robert Kearns August 30, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Robert Kearns August 30, 2012 at 01:49 PM
They need officers down the landing at the lights by chair fair. People frequently go through the red light because they are in the left turn only lane.
Angela Nuss August 30, 2012 at 03:18 PM
This is a tough question as there are SEVERAL intersections. In fact, last night I watched a guy totally run a stop sign. Thank god I hadn't stepped into the crosswalk or I might not be here to type this. Here's a couple of intersections I can think of that need IMMEDIATE attention, not just at rush hour (although this would be helpful) but all the time. *Union and Washington Streets (across from Thayer Academy) *Academy and Tremont Streets *Pretty much any road near a crosswalk (waited on 25 cars once!) *Granite Street at the lights near KinderCare and the Mall (blocked intersection!) *Washington Street from Exit 18 to Elm Street (see fdsfsd's comment) *Union Street Rotary Exit Ramps (see Lucy's comment) *South Braintree Square Intersection of Pearl, Hancock and Washington Streets (why allow a right on red?) *South Braintree Square intersection of Washington and Franklin Streets/Route 37 (blocked intersection during rush hour) I'm sure I'm missing several and will come up with more.
Angela Nuss August 30, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Oh... We're talking speed traps, not just troublesome intersections... Hmmm... I think most of the locations I mentioned qualify... especially in the areas leading up to them.
Sean August 30, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I think big signs at every enterance reminding people (or educating them for the first time) that those in the rotary have the right of way would be a great addition!
shemac72 August 30, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Holbrook Avenue. It's a one-way. Two reasons: The first being that no one wants to wait for the light at Washington Street/Pearl Street, so they fly down the street to beat the traffic. And second, people go up the one way the wrong way and think it's better to speed up so they don't risk getting caught going the wrong way and/or they will enter the one way backwards and back up the whole way....hmm?
Ann Marie August 30, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Washington Street. People that live in the community cannot get onto Washington Street because people passing through don't slow or stop to let you go. Most of all trying to cross Washington Street even at a crosswalk is nearly impossible. The town could be collecting a lot of revenue because of this.
edward cassani August 30, 2012 at 10:35 PM
common st short cut to any where!! speeding, tailgating thicky settle area
Christine M August 30, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Quincy Ave like Carol Ann said, it is absurd!
Patrick Desmond August 30, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Ditto Lucy!!! On serveral occasions I've had near misses from people merging onto the rotary from the highway in both directions. Its nuts!
Mom Rogers August 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Elm Street in front of Angelina's. This has become the tween and teen hangout in town after school and on half days. The truck are flying and you cannot see over the rise adjacent to Lawnview. Someone is going to get killed, and I pray it's not a youngster. No one obeys the speed limit on that road. I have notified the Mayor's office twice about putting up a barrell or a crosswalk there so that people have to slow down. I received no response.
motorman August 31, 2012 at 02:05 AM
how about people should start using their directionals and pay attention to motorcycles and maybe someone won't e killed or hit on their bike everyday.
LCT August 31, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Speed traps....hmmm....so little space to write & so many locations. My two personal pet peeves with speeders are: Cleveland Ave near the Senior Center (cars all day; 18-wheelers, cement/construction trucks first thing in the AM) and on Pond Street between the Braintree Rehab Hospital and Fairview Ave. In the early AM on Pond not only are cars flying in both directions but assorted trucks hastily weaving their way through the town to get up to Rte 3. I also feel sorry for the folks who live on Union Street between the Police Station and where Union turns into Commercial. The homeowners there take their lives in their hands trying to pull in or out of their own driveways because of the speeders and/or tailgaters. Any one of us could probably write a book about bad drivers in general; I'm trying to limit myself to speedtraps or I'll be typing all night....
Kathleen DeWitt August 31, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I would have to agree with Mom Rogers above. That incline between Lawnview and Angelina's is dreadful. You can't see both ways as you are trying to cross. It's by the grace of God that no one has been hit and or killed there. Need a slow down before incline sign. Please! Nanakate
Kelly August 31, 2012 at 10:25 PM
The rotary is a huge problem. I have almost being hit by a few times by drivers who do not even look --never mind yield. Recently I physically drove to the police station with a plate number when a car almost hit me and my two young children. I was extremely shaken up. I am thinking people don't know what "yield" means??? I was told by the Braintree police it was the State Police's job to monitor the rotary. Seriously, I personally think that is a cop-out !! Pun definitely intended.
Kelly August 31, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Also, the 3 way intersection at West Street and Washington Street is extremely dangerous. Especially at school time, I think that should be made into a "no turn on right" light. People never stop before the crosswalk and never look to the right for pedestrians before turning. I can't tell you how many times I have had the WALK light and almost been hit in the middle of a cross walk. That's why I carry a large walking stick and am not afraid to use it.
LCT September 01, 2012 at 06:14 AM
I agree with all the comments about the rotary. I find the Rte 3 Southbound exist rampt to be the worst. Cars can fly off that ramp at 40-50 MPH and Heaven forbid the drivers look before entering the rotary. Try walking home from the T Station in the winter in the dark with snow/ice on the road edges and having to cross that exist ramp on foot! I cannot believe no pedestrian has been killed. Unfortunately, I believe the ramps/rotary, belongs to the state, thus the State Police are technically responsible to monitor the traffic. I have no clue if a State Police vs Braintree Police "turf war" would erupt if the Braintree Police ticketed there. Evidently to many drivers in MA, a "Yield" sign means "speed up" or is just for ornamental purposes. Somewhere in MA I saw a rotary with signs, the size of billboards complete with flashing yellow lights, that say "cars in rotary have right-of-way". Ugly as sin but sure are attention getters.


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