The following is adapted from a press release from the Massachusetts State Police regarding the patrol surge on Route 24:
Massachusetts State Police troopers arrested 10 drunk drivers during the overnight hours between Friday and Saturday and Saturday and Sunday this past weekend as part of the ongoing Routes 24 and 195 patrol surge initiative.
Troopers also made eight arrests for non-OUI offenses, including three motorists who were driving with suspended licenses and another who was driving a stolen 2011 Cadillac Deville. Troopers issued 12 criminal summons, and wrote 283 citations for motor vehicle offenses.
Additionally, the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section conducted a targeted patrol on Route 24 early Friday morning and stopped eight tractor-trailers, three of them for speeding. In all, truck team troopers found a total of 11 safety violations in those tractor-trailers.
This marked the fifth weekend of the , which is deploying 11 additional patrols on Routes 24 and 195 in southeastern Massachusetts from 8 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday and again from 8 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday. The extra patrols complement regular patrols out of the Middleborough and Dartmouth Barracks.
Since the start of the patrol surge, troopers have made 45 OUI arrests, 42 other arrests, issued 36 criminal summons, and written 1,377 citations for various motor vehicle violations. Of the 45 drunk drivers arrested, 36 were charged with first OUI offense, six with second OUI offense, two with third offense, and one with fourth offense.
The patrol surge will continue through the end of the September.