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Thursday, December 30, 2010

1,000 cited in pre-holiday police operation

More than 1,000 motorists received tickets and warnings for a variety of traffic violations just two days before Christmas.

The not-so-glad tidings came as part of Operation Safe Commute, a collaboration between state and local police to target aggressive and distracted drivers.

Police in marked and unmarked cruisers patrolled highways and major roads, looking for motorists who allegedly sped, tailgated and texted, among other offenses.

State police issued 251 citations and 775 warnings statewide during a three-hour window on Dec. 23.

One of those drivers was arrested on Interstate 93 for reckless operation, state police said. That motorist allegedly traveled at 97 mph while tailgating and failing to change lanes safely.

Nashua police handed out 16 tickets and 49 warnings during the operation. One motorist was arrested and charged with driving with a revoked license and registration, Nashua police Sgt. Randy Dumais said.

Five marked and unmarked Nashua police cruisers patrolled F.E. Everett Turnpike, as well as the busy Daniel Webster Highway and Amherst Street, Dumais said.

This was the second Operation Safe Commute. The first occurred in November and focused on the morning commute. This most recent action happened during the afternoon commute, with the hope of raising awareness to people who were rushing home or to stores to finish Christmas shopping.

Motorists seem to be aware of the increased police presence on these days, Dumais said, adding he hoped careful driving would carry over to other days.

Operation Safe Commute will continue in the future, having at least one day a month in which various departments will specifically target unsafe driving. Dumais said the next one is being planned. Over Christmas weekend, state police also made 10 DWI arrests.

A motorist was charged with aggravated DWI for allegedly striking a guardrail with a child as a passenger.

Albert McKeon can be reached at 594-5832 or amckeon@nashuatelegraph.com