Officials: Use caution on Massachusetts roads this weekend

New Year’s Eve is regarded as one of the most exciting nights of the year. People gather with friends and family to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another.

However, as the holiday approaches, Massachusetts officials are warning drivers to use extra caution after three serious car accidents have already occurred on state highways this week.

“It has been a terrible two days on Massachusetts roads,” a spokesperson from Safe Road Alliance said in a memo on Tuesday. “Specifically there have been three ejection crashes resulting in two fatalities.”

The first of the deadly accidents occurred on Monday when a Mansfield man was killed on Interstate 495. The second fatality occurred the next day on Interstate 95 in Walpole and claimed the life of a 24-year-old woman.

There was also a second accident Tuesday on Interstate 495 in Boxboro that left 10 people injured. Police said that passengers and drivers were ejected from their vehicles in all three accidents.

Road safety is especially important on New Year’s Eve as it is a peak time for drunk driving accidents, police said. Here are a few tips for a safe holiday from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division:

  • Plan a safe way home before the New Year’s festivities begin;
  • Have a designated sober driver lined up before your start drinking, and leave your car keys at home;
  • If you have been drinking, call a family member, friend or taxi service to pick you up;
  • Contact police if you happen to see a drunk driver on the road; and
  • Don’t be afraid to take car keys away from someone who has been drinking and is about to drive.

Follow these tips for a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!

Source: Winchester Patch, “Officials Urge New Year’s Road Safety,” Greg Abazorius, Dec. 29, 2011