Governor Deval Patrick today joined the Massachusetts State Police, MassDOT, and state and federal officials to announce a pilot program targeting work zone speed enforcement. Beginning this week, State Police details will be deployed at construction sites around the state to strictly enforce speed limits through work zones.
The new initiative is funded through MassDOT's Highway Safety Improvement Fund and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and comes after a spike in accidents at work sites, most often involving drivers traveling at high speeds.
The recent increase of troopers and cruisers struck by drivers traveling at high speeds caused both the State Police and the Construction Industries of Massachusetts to join with MassDOT, the Executive Office of Public Safety, the Federal Highway Administration, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop an initiative to step-up speeding enforcement in work zones.
“With increased construction across the Commonwealth, it is even more important for drivers to be vigilant about moving slowly through work zones, said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey. “This campaign will remind drivers to slow down, be aware of their surroundings and protect the lives of the workers around them.”
Starting this Friday, November 4, enforcement details will be located at up to 12 construction sites each weekday to enforce traffic laws through work zones. The stepped up enforcement will coincide with the placement of signs and placards at MassDOT RMV branch offices, MBTA train cars, and on variable message boards along highways.
The work zone speed enforcement program is a $200,000 one-year pilot program funded by federal grants held by MassDOT’s Highway Safety Improvement Fund and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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