I-90/94 Challenge Kicks Off in Mass.
REGION (WGGB) — The Interstate 90/94 Challenge is underway. State Police are out in force, in an effort to stop as many drivers as possible who may be breaking the rules of the road.
Numerous extra patrol officers will be on the Mass. Turnpike from Friday through Monday.
Many residents think it’s a good thing.
“I think it will definitely see that the state is doing something and maybe people will pay more attention to that,” said Springfield resident Mindy Sierra.
Officers are encouraging people to slow down, drive sober, pay attention and wear their seat belt. The initiative is all apart of a larger, year-long campaign to reduce traffic deaths in the U.S. by 15 percent.
The Department will also run messages on its electronic message board to promote safe driving.
“I’m aware of other people who are driving. If they’re paying attention to what they’re doing, sometimes texting, being on the phone or that they’re not drinking,” said Jessica Lozada of Springfield.
Officers are urging motorists to call 911 on their cell phones to report unsafe driving behavior.
“I think it’s great because we want to save people’s lives. We want people to drive safe,” said Sonya Craps of Springfield.
The main focus of the challenge will be seat belt use, excessive speed, motorcycle violations, and unsafe driving of large trucks and buses. The goal of the targeted effort is quite simple – to save lives.
Fourteen other states are participating in the challenge.