Friday, June 7, 2013
A federal grant has enabled state police in Massachusetts to implement specialized enforcement in June.
Texting while driving has been illegal in Massachusetts since 2010, but police around the country have said the law is difficult to enforce. Forty percent of Massachusetts drivers say they still text while driving despite a nearly three-year-old law banning such activity and preventing any cell phone use for drivers under 18 years old, according to a poll conducted by Plymouth Rock Assurance. With the help of a federal grant, Massachusetts State Police will begin a statewide crackdown on the illegal and dangerous practice in June. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the state a $275,000 federal grant to increase enforcement of the Safe Driving Law, which bans the sending, typing or reading of electronic messages …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The department issued some driving tips for Monday evening's anticipated icy commute.
Massachusetts State Police are advising drivers to go slowly but not to panic about the forecasted icy commute on Monday evening. "Once again, Massachusetts is gearing up for another snow storm. While this coming storm is not expected to bring heavy accumulation, the timing is less than ideal as it's expected to make its way across the Commonwealth during peak afternoon travel times," State Police said in a press release. "This can cause major delays in traffic, accidents and other headaches making the daily commute stressful." State Police offered the following tips: 1. Don’t panic. "It's New England, and we’ve been here before," officials stated. "Remember to be patient with those operators with less skill driving in these expected …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
State transportation officials urge residents to drive safely and use public transportation.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
During the holidays, we're all in a rush to get to our respective celebrations and enjoy the holidays. But also during this time of the year, the weather doesn't always cooperate. Information for Drivers With some wintry weather in the forecast, drivers should be prepared to encounter varying roadway conditions as they head to their holiday destinations, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. MassDOT encourages residents and visitors to drive safely and use public transportation whenever possible during the upcoming holidays. Although holiday traffic is the worst around Thanksgiving, road conditions can still get pretty congested during peak travel times. “Historically the days surrounding Christmas and New Year’s …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Troopers from all over New England want to help local drivers stay safe and prevent crashes during the holiday season.
The holidays are upon us, and many Massachusetts residents will be traveling this week to see family and friends all across New England. Massachusetts State Police are doing their part to help ensure these visits don't end in tragedy because of impaired or distracted driving. The Massachusetts State Police joined forces with other New England State Police divisions at headquarters in Framingham to explain their C.A.R.E program. Increased patrols this week will be cracking down on impaired/drunk driving, texting while driving and seatbelt law violations, among other things. "We aren't trying to discourage people from going out and enjoying themselves," Massachusetts State Police Col. Timothy P. Alben said. "We just want to make sure they …