The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said a disturbing statistic shows many drivers aren’t slowing down on empty roads caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


MassDOT said Monday that new data shows the “rate of fatalities on Massachusetts roadways doubled in April.”

“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,” the agency said in a statement.

Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said speed and distraction were the causes of many of those crashes.

Source: CBS Boston