CAMBRIDGE, Ma. (WTNH) – The “New England Drive to Save Lives” campaign announced that the results of a recent region-wide effort to reduce speeding and encourage motor vehicle safety were highly successful.
The results of the campaign showed that the six-state enforcement effort resulted in a significant reduction in crashes as compared to the same time period and locations during the last three years.
State police from each of the New England states collectively made a total of more than 11,500 traffic stops during the campaign, conducted on roadways between May 4-8th, resulting in the issuing of over 4,500 tickets and over 2,000 warnings for speeding and seat belt violations. The campaign also produced 194 arrests for impaired driving and other issues such as outstanding warrants and driving with a suspended license.
The campaign was a combined effort between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Highway Safety Offices and State Police in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT. It used some of the same strategies employed by the International Association of Chiefs’ of Police “Drive to Zero Deaths” campaigns.
Regional Administrator of the NHTSA Michael Geraci stated, “Educating the public about the dangers of speeding and the severity of speeding-related crashes and injuries was our goal. The importance of being properly restrained while riding in a motor vehicle as a lifesaving habit was also a fundamental part of our efforts. The campaign was a huge success, and every state contributed to it. We had contact with thousands of motorists who were exceeding the speed limit and reached countless others who saw our presence on the roadways, on message boards and other signage, and in the media.”
The first phase of the campaign was conducted by the six state police agencies and took place on interstates across New England. A second phase will include all new England Law Enforcement agencies willing to participate and involve state highways and secondary roads.
For additional traffic safety information and state crash data visit: www.nhtsa.gov