Today’s Boston Herald has a story that claims the Mass Pike is aggressively ticketing speeders to generate revenue.
The Massachusetts Turnpike has turned into the nation’s longest speed trap as state troopers, freed from their Big Dig duties, are gunning for harried commuters and writing tickets at a rate of an additional 4,000 a year, a Herald review shows.
“It’s unfair for Metro West commuters to pay higher tolls and be targeted like this,” said state Rep. Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland).
“People shouldn’t be speeding, but I think the Pike is looking at this as a revenue enhancer, and that’s a problem,” Sannicandro said.
Here’s the policy question. Massachusetts cities and towns do not keep the revenue generated by speeding tickets in their municipalities. This is deliberate, as this eliminates the incentive for municipalities to become “speed trap towns” to generate revenue. So why not solve the whole Mass Pike problem by depositing turnpike speeding funds into the general fund?