Be Safe in Massachusetts: Roadway Safety Tips

Roadway Safety Tips

Roadway Safety Tips - Tunnel Emergency Awareness

Save your life . . . not your car!

Public safety is a priority at MassDOT. Please follow these important safety tips when traveling through our tunnels. Please Remember - Fire and Smoke Can Kill!

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If you are in an Accident or Disabled Vehicle in the Tunnels:

The tunnels are monitored by the Highway Operations Center on a twenty-four hour basis by personnel and a range of technology. State Police and MassDOT first responders are strategically located throughout the tunnel system to respond to incidents as soon as possible.

  • Pull to side of the road, if you can
  • Activate your hazard flashing lights
  • Call 911 and follow instructions
  • Stay in your vehicle if it is safe to do so
  • Wait for emergency responders for assistance

When Entering A Tunnel . . .

  • Stay alert!
  • Turn on your headlights
  • Obey all signs and signals
  • Listen to media for traffic updates
  • Do not enter if you notice smoke near the entrance or if your car is smoking or burning
  • Maintain a safe driving distance
  • Hazardous Materials are prohibited, including propane

In Congested Traffic . . .

  • Listen to media for updates
  • Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, even if traffic is moving slowly
  • Note the location of emergency exits
  • Follow the instructions of MassDOT officials, State Police, and message signs

If There's A Fire . . .

  • Stop, turn off the engine, and exit your vehicle
  • To assist emergency personnel, please leave your keys in the vehicle
  • For your safety leave your belongings in the vehicle
  • Call 911
  • Follow the instructions of Fire Department, State Police, MassDOT officials, and message signs
  • Exit at the nearest tunnel entrance, unless directed otherwise
  • Assist others, if you can