I live in Massachusetts, too, and even after all these years since they allowed driving in the breakdown lane, I still can't believe they did it. The state with some of the worst drivers, extremely high accident rate, and they allow something so inherently dangerous ? Now when a car comes down an onramp, cell phone pressed against the left ear of the driver who is staring straight ahead, there's even less room for error. Usually, during rush hour, the three travel lanes are moving at a snail's pace while the breakdown lane drivers fly by at 40 - 50 MPH. Just an accident waiting to happen. Amazing for a state that outlaws anything that appears even remotely risky. Ride a motorcycle? Better wear a helmet. Same goes for a bicycle, for crying out loud. Don't forget your seatbelt. But you want to run 60 MPH on the shoulder? By all means, go right ahead.