Traffic Enforcement Ramps Up During Holiday Season

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 residents will be traveling this week to see family and friends all across New England.

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 Combined Accident Reduction Effort (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 are being safe and responsible."

The C.A.R.E program is a joint venture helping troopers keep an eye on incidents in the area, especially as motorists can easily travel between the small New England states.

"We want to make this a holiday season where no one is seriously injured or killed in a crash. That will truly be something to be thankful for," Alben said.

In New Hampshire, state police this year have already dealt with 94 deaths from motor vehicle crashes. New Hampshire State Police Capt. John LeLacheur said the stepped-up patrols are an effort to keep that number under 100 for the year.

"Last year we had 13 deaths between Thanksgiving and New Year's," LeLaucher said. "In the past, we've noticed mid-week spikes late in December when offices are having Christmas parties, so those times will be enforced more on the roads."

According to LeLaucher, many of the crashes don't happen on the main highways in the state, but rather, on the smaller secondary roads.

Capt. Karen Pinch of the Rhode Island State Police said her department will nearly double the patrols during the holiday season. Pinch also said they have stepped up their enforcement and have issued more citations for distracted driving and seatbelt violations than last year.

"Traffic enforcement remains the single most effective tool in detecting and diminishing criminal activity," said Vermont State Police Lt. John Flannigan.

Do you support increase traffic enforcement during the holidays?

Let us know by posting a comment below.

David Marsters November 20, 2012 at 01:19 PM
day off
robert wilson November 20, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Obey the law and it wouldn't be necessary.
The OLD Malden's gone.. November 22, 2012 at 05:16 AM
David is right, running around giving more tickets isn't going to deter anything.... except lower insurance bills. It's like shooting fish in a barrel, when those resources could be used on ACTUAL crimes. Gang bangers, drug dealers etc., but hey let's get skippy doing 72 in a 65 mph zone. Whateva....I still respect the rank n file guy on the beat, but geeeeeez..c'mon.
David Marsters November 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM
If you haven't heard, but in Texas a man just got life in prison for his 3rd DUI. Texas is the state that don't screw around. If you are guilty of murder and get death you are gone within a few years not like aother states 20-30 yrs on appeals.


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