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Peabody Police Cracking Down on Seat Belt Scofflaws

The department is once again joining the national "Click it or Ticket" initiative, leading up to Memorial Day later this month.

The Peabody Police Department joins the nationwide "Click it or Ticket" initiative again, starting Monday and lasting through Memorial Day weekend. So Chief Robert Champagne just urges everyone to buckle up -- it's for your own safety.

Peabody and other numerous other local departments are partnering with the state police and Executive Officer of Public Safety and Security's Highway Safety Division on the 2013 seat belt enforcement mobilization from May 20 to June 2 and will be cracking down on motorists who are not belted.

Police say that more than half of the 21,253 people killed in car crashes in 2011 were not wearing their belts, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"As the busy summer driving season commences it’s important that everyone buckle up each time they go out, both day and night, as seat belts have proven to save thousands of lives," says Champagne. "We want everyone to have a safe summer, but it requires an important step on the part of motorists – clicking that seat belt – every trip, every time.”

Champagne says Peabody officers will be vigilant to ensure drivers and passengers are wearing seat belts.

Johnny V May 18, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Waste of time and money. If a person is dumb enough to drive without a seat belt on then that's their problem. Live with the consequences of your actions...especially since driving without a seat beat does not put anyones' life in danger except your own. Darwin was right.
mom May 18, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Unless they amended the law they can not stop you for not wearing a seat belt,only ticket you if they stop you for other violations and then notice you are not wearing a seat belt.
ELLIOT HERSHOFF May 18, 2013 at 05:46 PM
note to Johnny V: you can kill or injure others besides yourself. also they can only stop you for other violations.
Johnny V May 18, 2013 at 05:58 PM
How exactly is someone not wearing a seatbelt going to kill or injure anyone but the moron who chose not to wear one? Please enlighten me. Also, please provide me with some sources that back up your claim.
Nancy Gilberg May 18, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Moderators, please remove the above comment as it suggests killing a cop. Thank you.
Johnny V May 18, 2013 at 07:13 PM
I have flagged the above comment several times...I agree with Nancy time to remove this comment.
Calvin May 18, 2013 at 07:41 PM
I totally agree. Little by little the police state takes away the rights of the people and gets bigger. The people spoke on this issue and the fascist government overrode the peoples' will.....again. Ann is right, they cannot stop you simply because you're not wearing a seatbelt. Know your rights!
Calvin May 18, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Johnny V, I have also flagged your comment for stupidity. Don't be so anal.
Thomas Wilson May 18, 2013 at 07:58 PM
So the Police, Fire Dept, Ambulance and outrageous medical bills that occur when a barely breathing driver is wrapped around a tree, that doesn't cost the taxpayer anything?
Calvin May 18, 2013 at 08:18 PM
I don't think the government should allow you to smoke or light matches for any reason inside your own home because there is always a chance that you might burn your house down, right? There is a good analogy for you. Also, how do my personal medical bills or anyone elses affect your taxes?
Johnny V May 18, 2013 at 08:56 PM
So you condone violence against law enforcement Calvin?
Johnny V May 18, 2013 at 09:03 PM
I agree with Calvin. By your "logic" it should be illegal to partake in any activity that MAY result in 911 being called. Also, wouldn't the police, fire department and ambulance show up EVEN IF the driver was wearing a seatbelt...especially if the car is "wrapped around a tree?" Every driver that receives a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt is also costing taxpayers money. The time to write the ticket, the increased "police presence" (aka overtime) as a result of this initiative...not to mention when 50% of those ticketed fight it in court. Taxpayers are paying for that hearing AND for that police officer to testify. Sounds more expensive to write tickets....
john doe lll May 18, 2013 at 09:03 PM
It makes no reference to killing a cop! The cops will be sent to kill you if you dare to challenge them on any of the unjust laws they pass that violate people's rights! I for one am willing to fight to keep my hard earned money! I will not let these tyrants steal anymore money from me! Instead of you simple minded people flagging comments that speak the truth, you should flag some of these unconstitutional laws that are being passes by tyrannical maverick officials that are in place to generate money for the business of growing government!
Johnny V May 18, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Please don't insult our intelligence....."how about pop pop a fat cop"....if you really are going to argue that this isn't a reference to killing a cop then you must think we are all morons. Police officers keep all of us safe...you would be the first one to call 911 if someone broke into your house or stole your car. Please just do us all a favor and move to the mountains where there are no laws and nobody to listen to your inane ramblings.
john doe lll May 18, 2013 at 11:12 PM
The cops can take the ticket and stick it! Sounds better than click it or ticket!
john doe lll May 18, 2013 at 11:26 PM
You are more likely to be the victim by police and government stealing from you under the color and authority of their laws than someone breaking into your home or car, I got insurance so let them, I didn't even call the police when someone stole my car radio, it's not like they are gonna find the person that did it? They will just take a report for statistics to get more federal tax payer money to fight so called crime = more excuse to raise taxes! The police don't prevent crime , they just come afterwards to clean up or take a report! They are to busy generating revenue for big brother at the expense of the people who work for a living!
James H Cavanaugh May 19, 2013 at 04:31 AM
I think Franklin summed it up well. "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither!" GIVE THEM AN INCH AND THEY START TAKING IT ALL AWAY, BIT BY BIT. By the way I USE my seat belt because I want to, not because of their unjust and unconstitutional laws restricting my freedoms.
Saber Walsh May 20, 2013 at 05:15 PM
The White House has trained us well. Put out a topic entitled, "Tomorrow is May 21st," and you will immediately have two sides draw up and start fighting. One side will be the graduates of with liberal arts degrees, who will cite important works that say something like, "the future is inevitable, so every day is May 20th and we don't need to check off any more days." (It wasn't Groucho who said that, but another Marx). Then you will have the people who believed the Pope created the modern calendar, and that we need to use some Star Trek version in order to remove any DNA from religion from the public view. The debate will rage on well beyond May 21. And just like every White House-sponsored bar fight: nobody would have won.

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