New data from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation showed that fatality rates on Massachusetts roads doubled for the month of April even though there are 50% fewer people driving during the pandemic.
“With 50% less traffic recorded on major highways, 28 individuals died in crashes, compared with a total number of 27 individuals dying as the result of motor vehicle crashes in April 2019,” said the MassDOT.
The cause? With fewer people on the road drivers are speeding.
This has caught the attention of both local and state police and the Massachusetts State Police stated that with these alarming statistics will come extra patrols to catch these violators.