CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will run from August 12th through Labor Day, and will focus on work zone safety and educating motorists.
There have been six work zone crashes on Massachusetts roads this summer, all of them involving alcohol. Between 2011 and 2014 there were 22 deadly crashes in Massachusetts work zones.
Even the smallest construction jobs on a local roadway can become dangerous quickly with people distracted driving. That’s why the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration has allocated money to local police departments.
The Springfield and Chicopee Police Departments have each received $75,000 through the “Step Grant” funded by the NHTSA.
Chicopee Police Department Officer Mike Wilk told 22News, “Our officers will be out stopping cars, writing tickets, doing what they can to educate the public on driving.”
Fines can double in work zones, and it can really add up after that : an additional ten dollars for every mile per hour above ten miles an hour over the speed limit.
“Our goal though is not to go out and fine everybody, it’s not a ticket writing campaign it’s more of an awareness campaign and we just want people to be safe and we want our workers to be safe,” Wilk said. And drivers can make the biggest difference.
Jared Maclean, of Chicopee said, “You have to drive slower, you have to take your time, and be attentive you know what I mean.”
The campaign will also include TV and radio ads aimed at drivers during the Labor Day Weekend.
You can click here to learn about the campaign being launched