Sometimes the work of law enforcement is to send attention where extra attention seems to be needed. Given the recent motor vehicle accidents throughout the Commonwealth, the State Police seem to be doing just that. This time, they are not even bothering with a fancy name like “Operation Bad Drivers”.
The officers are targeting dangerous drivers, from drunk drivers to those simply driving dangerously. The rationale for the crackdown is a recent string of deadly accidents. Over this past weekend alone, the State Police announced on Monday, they charged 10 people with drunk driving and issued citations for other offenses to 222 others on Route 24 and Interstate 195 in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Among the recipients of the Commonwealth Bracelets of Shame was a gentleman named Jose Perez, 49, of Brockton. Mr. Perez was awarded charges of OUI, negligent operation and a marked lanes violation after a two-car crash on Route 24 northbound, in Freetown. The accident sent him and a female to the hospital with minor injuries.
That was very early Saturday morning.
On Sunday, State Police intercepted an alleged wrong-way driver on Route 24 in Berkley. Nicholas Pilla, 25, of New Bedford, was charged with operating under the influence and negligent operation.
In addition to the above, State Police said they made one felony arrest, six misdemeanor arrests, and issued criminal summonses to eight drivers.
These additional efforts are not about to end.