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Travel Safe this Labor Day

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by Melissa Gilbo, CISR on Aug 30, 2013

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Labor Day weekend upon us, can you believe it!! What are your plans for the upcoming holiday weekend?  I am planning to head North to my camp with my family for the last long weekend of the summer.  I have already started to plan ahead on what to pack and have even started making my grocery list.  Planning ahead is always a good idea and is a must when it comes to road safety. I thought I’d share some safe travel tips to think about before you head out.

 “Drive Now, Text Later”  MassDOT  always reminds drivers to avoid using cell phones while driving.  Please remember the texting ban covers e-mailing, Internet searching, and other non-calling activity on a phone, laptop, or handheld electronic device by anyone operating a motor vehicle. It also applies to drivers not only while they are driving but also while waiting at traffic lights and stop signs.  For a Summary of the Massachusetts Safe Driving Law click here.

Move Over Law  Move over law protects first responders.  New legislation in MA aims to make police, firefighters, paramedics, tow truck drivers and all roadside emergency and maintenance professionals safer on the job.  The move over law, which took effect March 22, 2009, requires drivers approaching a stationary emergency or maintenance vehicle with flashing lights to move to the next adjacent lane if it is safe to do so, and barring that, to reduce their speed.  Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to $100.  Learn move about Move Over Law.

Rules of the Road   Knowledge of driving laws helps to keep vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists’ safe as well as keeping yourself and your loved ones safe when you're behind-the-wheel.  Review the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Drivers Manual here.

E-Zpass   Save time and fuel by joining E-ZPassto avoid waiting in line at cash toll booth.

511  Sign up at the 511 Traveler Information Service to receive personalized travel information alerts via email, text or telephone.  Call into the 511 service before departing.

Carry your insurance information - Make sure to carry all insurance contact information with you, including a toll-free claim service number if available. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance first and then contact our agency or your insurance company directly.

For more information and insurance advice, call us at 978-352-8000 or email

Enjoy the long holiday weekend and be safe!!!

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