State Police surge on Route 24, Interstate 195, nets six more alleged drunk drivers
In the fourth week of the State Police “patrol surge” on Route 24 and Interstate 195 in southeastern Massachusetts, state troopers arrested six alleged drunk drivers and issued 338 motor vehicle citations, their highest issuance yet, State Police said today.
State Police have increased their presence on the highways in response to numerous fatal and serious car crashes in recent months by stationing 11 extra patrols from 8 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday.
Troopers also made 12 other arrests and issued five criminal summonses over the weekend, State Police said.
Additionally, the State Police Commercial Enforcement Section stopped 16 speeding trucks on Route 24 and conducted 23 commercial vehicle inspections. The truck team took two trucks out of service, one for faulty brakes and the other because the driver had a suspended license. The team wrote out 38 citations to truckers, State Police said in a statement.
In total, state troopers have made 33 drunk driving arrests and 32 non-OUI arrests, and issued 24 criminal summonses and 1,094 motor vehicle citations during the surge, State Police said.
The extra patrols of the highways are expected to continue through the end of September.Sarah N. Mattero can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.