May 15 2019

Burlington Police Department Receives Grant for Click It or Ticket Campaign

By: Thaddeus Stephanak

The Burlington Police Department has a simple message for all drivers and passengers: Buckle up.


Burlington Chief of Police Michael Kent announced the department has been awarded approximately $3,000 in grant money to take part in a Click It or Ticket Campaign this spring.


The grant was awarded to the Burlington Police Department by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to fund additional seat belt enforcement patrols from Monday, May 13 through Sunday, June 2.


The annual Click It or Ticket campaign is organized through the Massachusetts Highway Safety Division. According to the state’s annual seat belt observation study, the seat belt use rate rose to 81.6 percent in Massachusetts last year, but it still lags well behind the national average of 89.7 percent.


An estimated 61 lives were saved in Massachusetts in 2017 by seat belts and 62 percent of people killed in motor vehicle crashes in the same year were unrestrained, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


“Motorists are required by law to wear a seat belt, and that’s because they’re effective,” Chief Kent said. “We’re fortunate to have this funding to support our seat belt patrols as we remind the community to buckle-up. Seat belts save lives, time and time again.”


Fines for seat belt violations in Massachusetts start at $25.


All children riding as a passenger in motor vehicles must be in a federally-approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured until they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall. Children older than 8 years old or taller than 57 inches then must wear seat belts.


Parents, guardians and caregivers can make an appointment to have their child’s car seat inspected, free of charge, at the Burlington Police Department by calling the traffic division at 781-270-1940.


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