State police increasing presence on roads in Hampden County

Goal is to reduce traffic injuries and death

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If you’re driving in Hampden County this week, you may notice more state troopers out on the roads than you usually do.

Massachusetts State Police announced Thursday that they are beginning a high visibility traffic enforcement effort in Springfield this week.

State Police said troopers assigned to the Springfield barracks will be cracking down on everything from speeding to distracted driving over the next couple of weeks. It’s part of an effort to prevent car crashes, and to keep drivers safe.

Here’s how it’ll work: Teams of two state troopers will be stationed in one of three unknown designated zones, for a minimum of two hours. Those troopers will focus on stopping drivers who are distracted, speeding, and driving drunk.

The goal of the initiative is to reduce traffic injuries and deaths.

State Police said they will then compile statistics on the traffic stops once the initiative is over