MassDOT Highway Administrator Luisa Paiewonsky and Registrar Rachel Kaprielian joined Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray and Massachusetts State Police Colonel Marian J. McGovern as Colonel McGovern announced steps to improve traffic safety and keep state troopers safe. Five troopers have been hit, one fatally, by motor vehicles while in the line of duty.
Among the steps: increased enforcement with added patrols on weekend nights for the duration of the summer, an initiative called “Operation Lightning,” that in the past two weekends already led to 24 drunk driving arrests along with more than 250 driving-related citations.
Colonel McGovern noted that preliminary statistics show that there have been 145 deaths on Massachusetts roads in 2010, compared to 184 roadway deaths in the state last year, a positive trend.
MassDOT joins the State Police in making traffic safety a top priority. Any injury or loss of life on a roadway caused by impairment, aggression, speeding, negligence or distraction is unacceptable, and any driver who engages in these unsafe behaviors will be targeted by police.
MassDOT also reminds drivers of the "Move Over" law, which took effect in March 2009, meant to help protect police, firefighters, paramedics, tow truck drivers, and all roadside emergency and maintenance workers. The law requires all drivers approaching a stationary emergency or maintenance vehicle with flashing lights to move to the next adjacent lane if it is safe to do so, and, barring that, to reduce their speed. Violating the Move Over Law could result in a fine of up to $100.
Learn more by visiting the Executive Office of Public Safety on the web here.
Check MassDOT RMV Safe Driving Tips here.