(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - In an effort to make the highways safer for innocent motorists, Massachusetts State Police troopers have launched a patrol surge targeting Route 24, 195, and feeder roads in that area. In its second week of the operation, troopers made 10 drunken driving arrests on or in the vicinity of those two highways.
Troopers assigned to the additional patrols arrested seven impaired drivers during the overnight from Friday into Saturday and arrested four more impaired drivers on the overnight from Saturday into Sunday.
Among those arrested were an impaired driver who was going the wrong way, against traffic, on Route 195 in Fairhaven, a driver who struck a cruiser on a detail on Route 195 in Fall River, and a driver who struck another vehicle on Route 24 and tried to flee.
Troopers also made nine non-OUI arrests on both days and issued three criminal summonses. Additionally, troopers wrote 262 motor vehicle citations during the second week of the patrol surge operation.
Last week, troopers also issued 47 tickets to truck drivers who were reportedly speeding during the early morning hours.
The totals for both weekends combined are 19 OUI arrests, 16 other arrests, 12 summons, and 484 motor vehicle citations.
Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police plans to step up patrols every weekend through the end of September.