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Police Plan Greater Seat Belt Enforcement This Month

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Submitted by the Peabody Police Department: 

During the month of May, the Peabody Police Department will be teaming up with Massachusetts State Police and more than 133 local police departments state-wide to crack-down on motorists who are not buckling up.

Peabody will be taking part in the national Click It Or Ticket (CIOT) Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization, which is federally funded through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division. 

“Memorial Day traditionally kicks off the busy summer driving season,” said Peabody Police Chief Robert St. Pierre. “Safety belts and properly installed child safety seats are your best defense against drunk, aggressive and distracted drivers."

Beginning May 19 through June 1, law enforcement officials will be out in full force looking for safety belt violators. In Massachusetts, numerous more lives could have been saved if everyone wore their seat belts. 

Statistics also show that passenger vehicle occupants are buckling up more during the day, but not enough at night. While Massachusetts data is still being compiled, nationally, nighttime drivers are less likely to buckle up compared to daytime drivers.

Of those killed in nighttime crashes, 55 percent were not wearing seat belts (compared to 41 percent of occupants killed during daytime hours of 6 a.m. to 5:59 p.m.). As part of the day or night CIOT kickoff, at 6 p.m. on May 19, state and local police departments will join law enforcement agencies across the East Coast in mobilizing the CIOT “Border to Border” Operation, which aims to provide increased seat belt enforcement at State Borders, sending a ‘zero tolerance’ message to the public: driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what state, no matter what time. 

“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater,” said Peabody Police Lt. Scott Richards. "We want to make this the safest summer possible. Buckling up is not optional; it’s the difference between life and death in a crash - Click It or Ticket, every time, day or night.” 

For more information, please visit www.mass.gov/highwaysafety.
mark May 09, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Apparently the legislature and police aren't aware that in 1994 the citizens of this commonwealth voted in a legal election on a ballot to repeal the unconstitutional seat belt law that was usurped into law by the Gustapo's in the legislature! So therefore their ticketing is illegal!
Tom Dowling May 09, 2014 at 11:23 PM
Ten years later the legislature blocked a question about the validity of same sex marriages from being placed on the ballot. The voters of the commonwealth were denied the opportunity directly express their opinion about the most important social question in more than a century. It is time for the members of the legislature to be known by some title other than representative because represent us is not what they do.

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