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Massachusetts Turnpike Accidents and Safety

Most Massachusetts drivers today cannot possibly contemplate what travel in the Boston area and throughout the Northeast was like before the Massachusetts turnpike was built or even imagine a time when it didn’t exist. Before 1957, however, travel to other towns and cities throughout our state and from New York to Maine was on mostly narrow, one- and two-lane roadways that wound their way through farmlands, small towns and along the coast taking many hours for motorists to get to their destinations. 

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After Multiple Deadly Crashes on Route 24 Changes are Coming

Massachusetts Route 24 is a 40-mile stretch of highway running north-south beginning at Fall River and extending to Randolph. To motorists familiar with Route 24, it has become infamous for the overwhelming number of crashes and fatalities with some motorists calling it the “death highway” or the” highway from hell.” From 2016 to 2019, there were 1,417 crashes in Bristol County with about eight fatalities. In 2016, there were 590 crashes between Randolph and Berkely with 286 reported injuries and two fatalities. Overall, in the past 5-years, there were 3,000 collisions with the roadway between Fall River and Taunton appearing to be the deadliest stretch. 

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Does Massachusetts “Hands Free Laws” Solve Distracted Driving?

Massachusetts motorists will have to contend with a new ban on driving and cellphone use this year.  Although texting and driving has been banned for all drivers regardless of age since 2010, only motorists under the age of 18 were barred from using a hand-held device to call, talk, or review email messages and perhaps watch a video.  The use of hand-held devices has been cited as a factor in causing numerous deaths and serious injuries. Governor Baker and safety advocates are confident the new law will be instrumental in reducing traffic accidents and fatalities. 

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Statistics on Massachusetts Accidents and Time of the Year

For motorists, pedestrians, and city officials, it is no secret that the majority of car accidents and those involving pedestrians happen during the summer months. Cape Code and the surrounding communities depend largely on tourism, and these popular sites are inundated each year. However, Massachusetts city officials need to be cognizant that the highest number of accidents occur during these and other times of the year and should take steps to reduce the incidence of accidents and injuries during these periods. 

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Seat Belt Laws in Massachusetts:  Early 2020 Update

The update regarding Massachusetts laws on seatbelt usage is that there is no update.  As it has stood since 1994 in most respects, all motorists and passengers must wear seat belts, however, law enforcement has no right to pull you over for your failure to buckle up.  To be detained by a traffic officer and be cited for not wearing a seatbelt, and to cite you for any of your passengers failure to be restrained, you must have violated some other traffic law.  This is known as secondary enforcement. If you are stopped for speeding or running a red light or for any other traffic code offense and the officer sees you are not belted, the fine is only $25.  You pay an additional $25 for each passenger who is not wearing a seat belt. 

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Stoned Driver Leaves Massachusetts Police Officer Father of 6 Dead

In a horrific accident last October, a Massachusetts state police officer was killed when a motorist lost control of his vehicle on I-90 in Charlton, sped across several lanes of traffic, and struck the officer’s parked police cruiser, causing him fatal injuries.  The driver was suspected of being high on marijuana since officers reported that the defendant had been seen leaving a medical marijuana dispensary earlier that day and presumably exhibited signs of being under the influence.

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