The Town of Hingham is a municipal corporation organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Selectmen adopt Town administrative policies, make special regulations as to the speed of motor vehicles, and act as Police Commissioner.
The Selectmen deliberately erect and maintain signs purporting to establish special regulations as to the speed of motor vehicles on ways within their control, i.e. a speed limit. There are sixty (60) speed limit signs on the public roadways in the Town for which there is no record of any special speed regulations having been formally adopted, including a 30 m.p.h. sign on Gardner Street. These represent approximately ninety percent (90%) of all the speed limit signs under the exclusive control of the Town.
The Hingham Police Department issued an estimated 1,330 Speeding citations on roads with speed limit signs (for which there is no record of any special speed regulations) during the three years prior to the filing of the original complaint in this action. The Town received estimated disbursements (based upon half the citation assessments issued in the Town) in the amount of $194,085, a significant portion thereof attributable to these citations.