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New England states join efforts to curb unsafe driving habits

In New England, the month of May tends to bring the season's first real mild temperatures. As a result, many local Worcester residents may be heading out to family celebrations, graduation parties and outdoor festivals. Regardless of the driving occasion, it's important to make safety a priority. Law enforcement across the region has done just that with their "Drive to Save Lives" campaign.

The initiative combines law enforcement efforts from six New England states, including Massachusetts, in an effort to combat the bad driving habits that can result in auto accidents. In particular, the campaign uses state troopers to target speeding and lack of seat belt use, both of which can pose a tremendous and unnecessary risk of car accidents and serious injury. The enforcement initiative takes place during one week this month but also during a week in August. The May phase targets unsafe drivers on interstates 95 and 91, while the August portion will focus on drivers traveling on various highways and secondary roads.

According to an administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the event has a dual purpose of raising awareness and reducing speed-related wrecks. The NHTSA reports that speed is an element in 30 percent of deadly crashes across the country each year. In 2013, there were over 325 fatalities from car accidents in Massachusetts, the most out of the six New England states.

A negligent driver, such as one who exceeds the posted limit or drives too fast for conditions, can put others in harm's way. Likewise, those who don't properly utilize seat belt restraints may be unintentionally putting themselves at risk. When the two factors combine, the potential for serious injury or even death is potent. Anyone who has been victimized by a speeding driver may wish to explore the other driver's liability, as well as their own legal options, with a Worcester personal injury attorney.

Source: The Daily Journal, "New England states launch first regional enforcement effort targeting speeding, seat belt use," Dave Collins, May 4, 2015

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