A letter to the editor in today’s Sun caught my eye this morning. A suburban resident had been ticketed for taking a right turn on a red light at the intersection of Chelmsford and Plain Streets. The intersection has “No Right on Red” signs, but the writer said the sign was blocked by a utility crew and so she did not see it. The officers around the corner who were positioned to stop drivers committing this infraction were unmoved and the driver intends to appeal.
When I exited the Lowell Connector at Plain Street at lunchtime today, two Lowell police officers were positioned up near the Chelmsford Street intersection, pulling over all those who had failed to see the above-referenced letter and ignored the “No Right on Red” sign which today had neither a utility crew nor anything else masking it.
While I sympathize with the letter writer – it’s impossible to drive and not commit an inadvertent violation on occasion – I was quite pleased to see the police officers cracking down on this particular violation. For many drivers, “No Right on Red” is more a suggestion than a rule that is usually accompanied not by a stop but by acceleration as the driver tries to rush in front of the oncoming traffic. Some strategic enforcement can only help.