State and Local Law Enforcement Gather to Urge Motorists to Buckle Up
Event at Lexington rest stop to highlight crackdown on seat belt violations
• Colonel Mark Delaney, Superintendent, Massachusetts State Police
• Phil Weiser, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Regional Administrator
• Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs for AAA of Southern New England
• Numerous Local Police Departments
WHAT: With Memorial Day and summer road trips right around the corner, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Massachusetts State Police, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and local police will hold a press conference at Lexington rest stop to emphasize extra high-visibility seat belt enforcement, and warn against non-compliance. The event is part of the Commonwealth's Spring 2009 Click it or Ticket Mobilization, a statewide effort funded by the EOPSS, that consists of extra high-visibility traffic enforcement and public information. The mobilization began May 11 and will run through May 31.
WHEN: 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
WHERE: Lexington Rest Stop Route 128 North
WHY: Wearing a seat belt saves lives, yet more than 30 percent of Massachusetts drivers still fail to buckle up. Due to the seriousness of this issue the State Police and many local police departments will be announcing the adoption of zero tolerance policies on seat belt violations.
For more information, go to www.mass.gov/highwaysafety.