MSP To Have Strong Presence Over Long Weekend

The Massachusetts State Police will supplement regular road patrols with several additional traffic enforcement operations for the upcoming holiday weekend, including three sobriety checkpoints, extra patrols, and a high-visibility presence at state parks, beaches and reservations.

State troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints tonight (Thursday) in Suffolk County, Friday night in Plymouth County, and Saturday night in Worcester County. The goal of the checkpoints, which are conducted according to all applicable laws and department policy, is crash reduction by identifying and apprehending impaired operators. The exact locations are not released prior to the start of each checkpoint.

State Police are also in the midst of a “Click It Or Ticket” campaign to enforce the state’s seatbelt law and other motor vehicle laws. The campaign utilizes federal grants provided by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and disseminated through the state Executive Office of Public Safety to fund extra road patrols for state and local police departments. Beginning tonight and continuing throughout the long weekend, State Police will roll several extra patrols per troop per day, split up among the three daily shifts.

Additionally, Memorial Day marks the beginning of extra high-visibility patrols at state-run urban parks and beaches in Greater Boston, Northeastern Massachusetts and Southeastern Massachusetts. These patrols will continue throughout the next few weeks to enhance public safety during the start of the summer recreation season. The patrols will be deployed on dates and locations as determined by the commander of each of the three relevant geographic troops, A, H, and D. As well, State Police have already begun extra patrols on Revere Beach, which will continue on busy nights throughout the summer.