Massachusetts launches summer road safety campaign

WORCESTER (WHDH) - State officials kicked off a safety campaign Tuesday aimed at keeping the roads safe during the busiest travel time of the year.

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito was joined by transportation officials and State Police, as well as a trauma surgeon from UMass Memorial Medical Center. Police at the event said drivers should have fun in the summer but also make sure to be safe.

Polito said it is also important for parents to educate their teenagers as they first get out on the road, especially when it comes to distracted driving.

“Summer should be a season of fun for families across the Commonwealth, but with warmer temperatures come increased risks on the road,” said Gov. Charlie Baker in a statement. “Simple things like designating a sober driver, staying off your mobile phone, and wearing your seatbelt will go a long way toward making it a safer summer for all.”

Drivers are urged to be aware of construction projects happening during the summer. This comes after a construction worker was hit and killed by an alleged drunken driver overnight Tuesday in Medford.

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