Thursday, June 19, 2008

Watch Out Driving on Nonantum Road or Soldiers Field Road

The Allston-Brighton TAB reports that thirteen allegedly drunk drivers were caught last Friday night during a roadblock sting operation between 11 pm and 3 am on Nonantum Road. One driver was not just drunk but also drinking.

The roadblock was presumably on the Watertown/Newton end of the road because the arrests were made by Watertown Police, Newton Police, Middlesex County Sheriff's Department, and State Police.

A previous sting on Nonantum Road took place in July 2007, and police say that they will continue periodically to setup similar roadblocks.

Discussions are underway for a rebuild of Nonantum Road that would narrow it to two lanes and thereby institute some "traffic calming". The State Legislature last year allocated $250,000 towards initial design studies. That stretch of road will have an additional new wrinkle: the intersection for the new entrance and exit for the Community Rowing Inc.'s boathouse, currently under construction east of Daly Field.

Further east on Soldiers Field Road, at least four motorists caught speeding -- one at over 70 mph -- appeared this morning in Brighton Municipal Court, according to a Brighton resident who sat through the morning's proceedings. Not the smartest thing to do: speed on a stretch of road close to the State Police barracks in North Brighton.

UPDATE: Boston Globe article about the redesign, including an image of the fatal 2004 car crash.

Image of Thai drunk driving sign by nathansnostalgia provided through a Creative Commons license.

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