Keller @ Large: Many Drivers Fail The Snow Brush Test

BOSTON (CBS) – I promise you this will be the last time I talk about this until I absolutely have to again, but I wanted to share some of the more curious feedback to my crusade against the repugnant local custom of leaving piles of snow and ice on your vehicle after a storm.

Most of you hate it just as much as I do.

But not all.

One guy on Twitter writes of the scofflaws: “Can’t blame them in this storm. Frozen solid.”

“Can’t blame them”? Yes we can.

Related: Police Remind Drivers To Clear Snow From Cars

Even if you inexplicably didn’t realize we were heading into the deep freeze, there were plenty of folks who still found a way to remove the bulk of the problem Wednesday morning.

For the rest? No excuse.

Related: State Police Say ‘Don’t Be This Guy’

And that enabling tweet was nothing compared to an e-mail I got from a usually-thoughtful listener, who wrote of the scofflaws: “I’m sure they don’t want to damage their car by chipping away at it. Sometimes the bureaucrats have to bend to accommodate unusual conditions. As we all know, one size does not fit all.”

Really?

By that logic, the next time I’m in a rush to get home after a long day, maybe I’ll just blow through those red lights. Who does the DPW think they are trying to cramp my style?

The point is, there are certain obligations we all have as citizens that are non-negotiable.

You have to pay taxes, unless you’re very rich.

You have to shovel your sidewalk.

And you have to make sure you’re not a hazard to others on the road.

To pretend otherwise is more than a trip to fantasyland by the clueless.

It’s downright scary.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

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  1. I haven’t been here in a couple of weeks and now I see, no one else is coming here either. For some reason, the BZ site doesn’t seem to understand that more often than not, an active comment sections drives traffic to a site. Unless, BZ is still getting plenty of traffic, or doesn’t care if they do. [g] I’ve pretty much stopped commenting, because they make it too difficult to do. I spend a lot of time on other sites, where I can comment and it’s a well thought out comment system that saves me time. Also attracts lots of people and lots of comments, making discussion lively. Unfortunately, most of those sites are national. BZ was a local site, that I valued because of that focus. Oh well. BZ has been the channel I watch for news for decades, but, I’m going to have to check out other local stations. Maybe they have a website with access to a comment section on local current events.

  2. Joe, you have every right and I hope you continue to make a big deal out of it. Why ? Because I’m fed up with the lawlessness of drivers in Boston – anything goes, anything is allowed, rules, regs and laws mean nothing when they are not enforced. Roof snow ? They don’t punish illegal dumping of private snow into the streets, car shoveling into the streets and onto the sidewalks – perfectly acceptable. The city subcontractors who plow dump snow all over intersections including all intersections and street corners, covering HP Ramps and Bus Stops forcing people to wait in the middle of the street to flag down the bus. Residents are ‘expected’ to shovel the sidewalk snow yet municipal buildings and sidewalks are exempt from sidewalk shoveling? They becoming hazardous ice rinks met by corners of 2-4′ mounds/moguls of snow of which everyone must climb over just to cross a street. Lots of fun with a cane, service dog and carrying a purse or groceries. Driving is hazardous no matter what you do because texting is still permitted, driving backwards down one way streets is OK, driving In the Out Way and backing out of retail parking lots the wrong way onto busy streets – AOK. Double parking, part of living in crowded cities. Crosswalks are not protected domain -not for women with canes and service dogs, not for children crossing without guards present. HP Designated spaces associated with an address are now considered free-space for neighborhood sharing if the car with placard is not in it. Used for drop off for daycare drivers, Uber pickup/drop off, taxi cab stands, Kosher Meat Delivery, Cleaners, Movers, social hang outs in cars for religious leaders with engines idling– no one needs an HP Placard to use an HP space, not in Brighton. HP Poles are used as bike racks even when someone with a placard associated with an address is right there trying to get into their car, or waiting to park, if you dare to beep or say something, you get a dirty look. Snow on the roof ? No one cares because they know that laws won’t be enforced, at least not in Brighton and apparently some of these laws are also not enforced in the sexier, more favored neighborhoods of Boston. This is Boston, Not LA (old punk album title)

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