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City Council Office
 Policy Order Resolution
  O-4
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  April 1, 2013
VICE MAYOR SIMMONS
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
MAYOR DAVIS
COUNCILLOR DECKER
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
COUNCILLOR MAHER
COUNCILLOR REEVES
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
COUNCILLOR VANBEUZEKOM

WHEREAS:

Over the past few years, places such as New York City and Boston have begun implementing a program called "Don't Block The Box," which seeks to discourage those motorists whose careless driving in heavy traffic results in blocked intersections, further ensnarling traffic and contributing to needless gridlock; and

   
WHEREAS: The "Don't Block The Box" program calls for strict traffic enforcement at intersections thta have been identified as particularly susceptible to intense traffic jams.  Drivers who attempt to enter an intersection even when it is clear that they most likely will not be able to clear the intersection before the light turns red risk being issued a $150 fine; and
   

WHEREAS:

With long traffic snarls being reported along Western Avenue due to ongoing construction projects, and with several other areas across the city likely to see long-term construction projects beginning later this year, the time is right for Cambridge to implement its own "Don't Block The Box" program to help mitigate our traffic congestion; now therefore be it
 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to consult with the Director of Traffic, Parking and Transportation and other relevant City departments to determine the feasibility of implementing a "Don't Block The Box" policy for Cambridge, and to report back to the City Council with recommendations as soon as possible. 
    

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