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    Looking back on 2012 | Route 24

    Making Route 24 less deadly

    George Rizer for the Boston Globe/file July 2012

    Things are improving on Route 24. After several people lost their lives on the highway in the first half of 2012, State Police took a close look at their crash data and began increasing patrols on weekend nights on Route 24 and nearby Interstate 195. State troopers handed out 2,810 citations during a 10-week patrol surge and another 288 citations over Thanksgiving weekend. During that period, they made 105 operating-under-the-influence arrests, and pulled over motorists driving as fast as 117 miles per hour. Road conditions have also improved, said Charlie Kilmer, a transportation planner at the Old Colony Planning Council who travels Route 24 regularly. Line striping is better, new paving has reduced puddles, and additional antiglare screens are being installed along the median in Bridgewater, Brockton, and West Bridgewater. Kilmer said those improvements, along with the increased police presence and media coverage, have helped make Route 24 safer. “It seems like it was kind of a wake-up call for the general motoring public,” he said. Since the crackdown began, there has not been a single fatal accident on Route 24. “We pressed the road hard,” said Major Anthony Thomas, Troop D commander for the State Police. “It’s been an effective campaign, and we’re proud of it.”

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