Safety belts reduce the risk of death or serious injury in a motor vehicle crash by up to 50%. Massachusetts law requires all vehicle occupants to wear safety belts. Yet belt use in Massachusetts is 67%, far below the nationwide average of 83%.
Governor Deval Patrick's Executive Office of Public Safety and Security today joined national and state traffic safety and police representatives in announcing the annual summer "Click It or Ticket" safety belt enforcement effort.
The Massachusetts Click It or Ticket initiative is funded by a federal highway safety grant and based on a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration model that includes "mobilization" periods of high-visibility traffic enforcement and community education. This summer's "Click It" effort runs through July 30.
MassHighway, Turnpike Authority, and Registry of Motor Vehicles are partners in the safety belt effort. MassHighway and Turnpike message boards this month are reminding motorists to buckle up.
Visit the Click It or Ticket website to learn more.
Worcester: Belmont Street Bridge Opens posted on Mar 23
MassDOT has announced that the Belmont Street Bridge that carries Route 9 over Interstate 290 in Worcester is now open to its permanent configuration. The bridge now features two eastbound lanes toward Shrewsbury, two westbound lanes toward Lincoln Square and a newly-added, left-turn lane through …Continue Reading Worcester: Belmont Street Bridge Opens
Highway Assistance Patrol Program: MAPFRE Sponsorship Extension posted on Mar 23
MassDOT is pleased to announce an agreement to extend MAPFRE Insurance’s sponsorship of the Highway Assistance Patrol program (HAP) through March 2018. This extension marks the 15th year of partnership between MassDOT and MAPFRE in providing excellent customer service and safe, quick clearance on the …Continue Reading Highway Assistance Patrol Program: MAPFRE Sponsorship Extension
South Coast Rail: Notice of Project Change posted on Mar 22
The Baker-Polito Administration’s Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has filed a Notice of Project Change (NPC) for the South Coast Rail (SCR) Project with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office on March 15, 2017. The Notice advances South Coast Rail as a phased project that …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Notice of Project Change