Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Another MA$$achusetts Distinction
Living in small town, 100% crime-free suburbia, one can't help but wonder why we even have a local police force.
...except for *traffic control*.
I'd wager that 90% of the police *work* done in the towns near me on Boston's South Shore is merely directing traffic around Verizon trucks and repaving detours!
Massachusetts is apparently THE ONLY STATE in the nation that requires cops for traffic details.
It's not a new issue here either. I remember reading editorials in the Worcester Telegram (and Gazette) advocating the use of flagmen some twenty years ago.
It's not just that flagmen would earn half as much as cops, there's other BS as well like the billing procedure used by *officers of the law*. They have 4 hour minimums, get paid even when the construction is delayed for weather, etc. Read a smattering of the blood-boiling griping here.
Though Taylor will probably defend cops on this one...