Troopers to crack down
on Route 195

Mass. State Police say stretch is

Updated: Thursday, 28 May 2009, 5:39 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 28 May 2009, 3:19 PM EDT

  • Jamie DelVecchio

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) - A stretch of Route 195 in Massachusetts has become one of the highest problem areas in the state for motor vehicle crashes, and now Massachusetts State Police say they are taking action.
Troopers outlined a strict enforcement policy Thursday morning during a news conference at State Police barracks in Dartmouth.
According to state police, just in the first three months of 2009, there were five fatal crashes along the stretch of Route 195 from the Rhode Island border to Fairhaven.
Troopers said the causes of these crashes were speeding, erratic operation, and specific driver behavior such as tailgating, road rage, and driving under the influence.
To combat the problems, Troopers announced extra patrols will be assigned to the Route 195 corridor during high-incident times; which according to computer-generated statistics are 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as 7 a.m to 10 a.m. weekday mornings.
A zero-tolerance mission will also be implemented. State police will be enforcing the speed limit, looking for erratic operators, monitoring driver behavior, and arresting operators who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Major Bruce Gordon, of the Massachusetts State Police, also asked the public to be responsible, by reporting erratic and speedy drivers, and those who are suspected of driving under the influence.