Near where I live in Boston, there is a dangerous road, and a particularly dangerous intersection. I'd like to take action to have someone take steps to remediate it. Can you recommend specific resources and data to use to make the most compelling call to action?
I'd like to write to City Hall, my city representative for my district and the representatives at large, and whomever else (MA DOT? BPD?) to register a complaint. The road in question sees lots of traffic at high speeds (well in excess of the posted limit) and seems to be narrow for its number of lanes.
I'd like to include whatever facts and figures I can in my submission.
Traffic volume is available here
The Mass DOT crash data is available here
. (I think I saw somewhere that this is data through 2011, though.)
I did some preliminary searches and found hundreds of accident reports, several with fatalities.
I'd love to be able to include things like 1) number of traffic citations issued for this street and intersection (if any), 2) estimates of prevailing speeds (if any), 3) insurance company documentation, 4) traffic patterns on similar streets (if any), 5) city projections regarding the use of the road in the future, and any proposed road alterations, 6) what state or city planning standards exist for roads of this type and whether they're being adhered to (i.e., the width I mentioned), 7) information about traffic standards (i.e., there is no dedicated left turn at the intersection, which gives rise to many accidents), and anything else that can be relevant. I'm a lawyer (you're not my lawyer, FWIW), and would not be shy with any state (or federal, to the extent relevant) FOIA requests, happy to read statutes and regs, etc.
I haven't decided how much effort I want to put behind community organizing around this issue, but I realize that any advocacy I want to undertake will be more effective with many voices behind it.
For now, my first step is marshaling the data and the arguments for a fix; any additional resources with respect to the data collection and legal research
part of this undertaking are greatly appreciated.