Hi Susan, I don't agree. The police have visual eye contact and can decide if and when it is safe to take a step or two out. If the people are paying attention and going even close to the speed limit it is no big deal.For too many years the speed limit wasn't enforced on the connector. The more tickets issued out there now the better. They catch new dummies everyday there.I travel the Connector daily. The officers walking out into the road to point to vehicles they are trying to ticket are a serious safety hazard for everyone.
Fund raising by ticket is unacceptable. I have had two tickets in the last five years,one for allegedly running a red light in Lowell, and the other last year on the Connector claiming I was doing 68 in a 55 zone. Both were wrong. I fought both all the way to court and won in both instances. Once the officer did not show and the other time the judge ruled in my favor. I too have seen the traffic jams and unsafe situations off the Connector caused by traffic stops in bad places.
Good work Lowell Sun and Dennis Shaughnessey for highlighting this problem and giving us all a chance to vent. The City Manager and the councilors need to understand that it is bad for Lowell to continue this process.
Thank God for the strict speed limit enforcement on the Lowell Connector.