Mass. police to step up patrols on Rt. 24
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WHDH) -- State police outlined a plan to step up patrols on Route 24 in the wake of several deadly accidents.
Fatal crash after fatal crash is a troubling trend on Route 24 -- a road that sees more than 100,000 cars each day.
“I’m not surprised, I’m really not,” said Sharon Reis, who travels on Route 24. “I see the way people drive on this highway. It’s scary, it’s really scary.”
State police are now stepping up patrols based on recent statistics: Since Jan. 2011 16 crashes required a reconstruction team, 11 of those involved fatalities. But just in the last month there has been a spike -- two fatal accidents where three people died, including a 12-year-old girl.
“It’s a whole different world out here after midnight,” said Col. Timothy Alben of the Mass. State police.
State police said they will increase patrols overnight on weekends for the remainder of the summer on Route 24 and Interstate 195.
“The patrol imitative that we’ve devised will add 11 extra patrols each night from Friday into Saturday from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m.,” said Alben.
Police want drivers to do their part too by staying sober, buckling their seatbelts, paying attention and slowing down.
Police said the cost of the increased patrols is $125,000, which will take them through the end of the summer. But they said if they save lives it is money well spent.