The Boston Globe reports today about Boston’s high-tech approach to enforcing snow removal laws.
Code inspectors have taken to the streets this winter with a new weapon, palm-size computers with touch screens that snap photographs of treacherous patches of ice, snow, and slush. Thumbnail images are stamped on tickets and printed instantly with a wireless 32-ounce printer slung over an officer’s shoulder like a purse.
Officials hope the immediacy of the photographs will act as a deterrent, reducing the number of slick sidewalks that twist ankles, flare tempers, and force some pedestrians to walk in the street, which can be dangerous. When property owners find a green envelope for a code violation stuffed under their doors, they are staring at evidence they will have to explain if they plan to appeal.
Read that second paragraph again. Officials hope this will reduce the number of slick sidewalks, injuries, and people forced to walk in the street. Not a crazy ranting blogger hopes, Officials hope. The government in Boston actually sees this is an issue that needs to be addressed. Who knew a city could be run like that?