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Local 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 C.A.R.E (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) 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 since motorists can easily travel among 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. Gary LeLaucher said 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 main highways in the state, but rather on secondary roads.

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

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

Walthamguy November 20, 2012 at 08:22 AM
Sounds wonderful, I'm all for drunk drivers staying off the roads 365 days a year! What I can't help but wonder about is how much this "noble initiative" might be more of a farce for State troopers to get more overtime pay to boost their pensions? At a deeper level of concern, unless there is evidence of erratic driving (i.e. reasonable cause) how does this differ from gestapo check points?
TheHam November 21, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Just another program designed to waste our tax dollars on initiatives that should be conducted 365 days of the year, not just during the shopping season.

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