State Route 119, 4/10ths of a mile from Ashburnham Town Line

Ashby, MassachusettsOct 30, 20020 Comments

For westbound travelers, just over the crest of the hill where the westbound passing lane ceases to exist, Ashby police regularly sit in wait for automobiles to come over the top of the hill. Speeding is common at this point because of the previously mentioned passing lane. In direct opposition of Massachusetts State Law, which says that an office must visually estimate that a vehicle is speeding prior to activating radar, some (if not all) of Ashby police officers sit here with radar activated, despite the fact that anyone caught speeding has already driven through the entire town of Ashby and is less than half a mile from reaching the Ashburnham town line. Basically, they are collecting a salary from Ashby while (possibly) making the roads of Ashburnham a bit safer (if you assume that speed affects safety). This is a classic example of police officer acting as tax collector.

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