SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- There have been six deadly crashes in the city of Springfield since the start of the month. Now, the Springfield Police Department is ramping up efforts and heightening patrols ahead of Thanksgiving and in light of these deadly crashes.
The message is clear from city officials: there will be zero tolerance for reckless driving. They are also trying to prevent any more heartbreaking conversations with Springfield families.
A memorial on Page Boulevard is one of the many seen in the city of Springfield following six deadly crashes.
“I have met and had some very sad and emotional meetings last week with some of the families of these victims. It’s heartbreaking,” said Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.
Over the sum of two weeks, there were six fatal accidents, including two car crashes on Page Boulevard and two pedestrians hit by vehicles on State Street. Now, Springfield Police is increasing their efforts to keep the streets safe.
“You will be cited. There will be zero tolerance,” said Capt. Dave Martin with the Springfield Police traffic bureau.
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Clapprood announced on Thursday that patrols will be increased effective immediately.
“It’s calls for increased visibility of patrol units, increased citations and not warnings. We are going to make use of the speed boards and the signs and notifications,” Clapprood noted.
In addition, traffic cameras in the city will be reviewed for reckless driving.
“So if the crime analysis people now see someone driving erratically, swift lane changes, speeding, they are going to notify the squad officer and then we will see if we can get a squad car in the area to determine if it’s a citable offense,” Clapprood said.
With the holidays just around the corner, the presence of police officers will remain heightened. Squad cruisers will illuminate their blue lights to let the public know that they are watching closely.
“This will be a reminder, hopefully to drivers, that this officer is watching for traffic violations, so slow down and pay attention. My concern is we are coming into a very busy season and a bad week,” Clapprood added.
The commissioner also reaffirmed her call to the courts for help. She said just last week, five people with traffic citations faced a judge and all five tickets were dismissed.
“I’m asking clerks of courts and judges if they find that there is reason for the citation for to be written, if they find the driver is responsible, please uphold the ticket,” Clapprood said.