Police to Highlight Distracted Driving, OUI Crackdown on Thursday

MEDIA ADVISORY for Thursday, Aug. 28

Tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 28), the Massachusetts State Police, the Highway Safety Division of the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration — as well as a victim of a distracted driving crash — will join forces at the Andover Barracks tomorrow to discuss Labor Day traffic safety measures, including increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints. Officials will also release statistics from the current distracted driving enforcement mobilization being run out of the Andover Barracks, and will announce the next such mobilization scheduled for later this year.

WHO (speaking):

  • Art Kinsman, Director, Highway Safety Division
  • Lt. Colonel Edward Amodeo, Massachusetts State Police
  • Mike Geraci, Administrator, NHTSA Region 1
  • Emily Stein, Victim Speaker – Distracted Driving/Texting

WHAT: Beginning August 13, 2014 running through Labor Day, September 1, 2014 a statewide effort places extra law enforcement patrols on the Commonwealth’s streets and highways targeting impaired drivers coupled with the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” public information campaign.  The final wave of the “Texting Ban Demonstration Project” which targets texting drivers continues September 13, 2014 through October 18, 2014.  Both efforts are funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

WHY: The holiday season brings a heightened risk of people engaging in the dangerous behavior of drinking and driving. Distracted driving and texting while driving have become a national epidemic.

WHEN:    10:00 AM, Thursday, August 28, 2014             

WHERE:  State Police Andover Barracks, 31 Gould Street Andover, MA 01810