Posted on 2020-05-05
BOSTON (CBS) – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said a disturbing statistic shows many drivers aren’t slowing down on empty roads caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
MassDOT said Monday that new data shows the “rate of fatalities on Massachusetts roadways doubled in April.”
“With 50% less traffic recorded on major highways, 28 individuals died in crashes, compared with a total number of 27 individuals dying as the result of motor vehicle crashes in April 2019,” the agency said in a statement.
Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said speed and distraction were the causes of many of those crashes.
“I realize that it’s somewhat of a psychology here that when you have the open road and you’re not used to it that you’re going to see what you can do and try to get to your destination as fast as possible. That’s something that we do not want people to do,” Gulliver said Monday.
State and local police have been warning drivers that less traffic doesn’t mean they don’t have to obey the law and speed limits.
State Police said they will have extra patrols out looking for speeders.