MSP: 10 drunk drivers arrested in Rte 24/195 patrols
UNDATED (WHDH) -- The following is a release from the Massachusetts State Police.
Massachusetts State Police Arrest 10 Drunk Drivers in Week 2 of Routes 24/195 Patrol Surge
Troopers Write 262 Citations, and MSP Commercial Vehicle Team Tickets 47 Truckers for Speeding
Massachusetts State Police troopers deployed as part of the Routes 24 and 195 patrol surge made 10 drunk driving arrests on or in the vicinity of those two highways this part weekend, the second week of the initiative. Among those arrested were an impaired driver who was going the wrong way, against traffic, on Route 195 in Fairhaven, a driver who struck a cruiser on a detail on Route 195 in Fall River, and a driver who struck another vehicle on Route 24 and tried to flee.
Troopers who were assigned to the additional patrols arrested six impaired drivers during the overnight from Friday into Saturday, and arrested four more impaired drivers on the overnight from Saturday into Sunday. Patrol surge troopers also made nine non-OUI arrests on both days and issued three criminal summons. Additionally, troopers wrote 262 motor vehicle citations during this weekend’s operation.
In addition to those actions, the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, the department’s truck enforcement team, was deployed onto Routes 24 and 195 on three early mornings last week as part of the patrol initiative. Truck team troopers ticketed 47 truckers for speeding on those three mornings.
Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police is deploying 11 extra patrols on Routes 24 and 195 and feeder roads from 8 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday, and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday, every weekend through the end of September. This past weekend was the second week of the surge; the totals racked up for both weekends combined by the extra patrols are 19 OUI arrests, 16 other arrests, 12 summons, and 484 motor vehicle citations.
The patrol surge continues to have the impact we hoped for when we planned it. The operation has twin goals of enforcement and deterrence. We are going to take back these roads for innocent motorists, and take off the drunk, aggressive, and negligent drivers who have no regard for the lives or safety of other drivers.