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.
Thanksgiving: Travel Safely! posted on Nov 24
MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to check the latest winter weather forecast and plan ahead with the high volume of traffic on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected this year. Highways are typically busiest on the Tuesday and Wednesday before and on …Continue Reading Thanksgiving: Travel Safely!
South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward posted on Nov 24
Governor Deval Patrick today joined Acting MassDOT Secretary and CEO Frank DePaola and local officials to announce a contract award for the replacement of four bridges in New Bedford and Fall River along the future South Coast Rail Line. The improvements will advance South Coast …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced