Friday, June 9, 2006
Carlisle safety patrols step up business
Safety has become the biggest recent stock-in-trade at the Carlisle Police Department, and Carlisle residents appear to be cooperating fully. Beginning May 21 with a "Buckle Up Incentive" program, 244 out of 269 occupants of the 106 cars stopped at Great Brook Farm's Family Picnic Day were properly belted, an estimated 91% compliance with the new seat belt law. This program is sponsored by the educational portion of the Governor's Highway Safety Bureau safety belt access program (GHSB). Yellow "Buckle Up" key chains were awarded to properly belted persons.
The week after the buckle-up awards, 67 individuals signed pledge sheets to wear safety belts at the Memorial Day festivities and, according to police officer Andy Booth who is coordinating the safety activities, Carlisle Police are now participating in a "Thank-you Ticket" campaign which awards a Thank-you ticket to any person pulled over for a traffic violation who is also properly belted.
Booth reports that data on May and early June "Click-it-or-Ticket" motor vehicle safety programs in Carlisle show 24 hours of extra traffic enforcement patrol, making 53 motor vehicle stops for various motor infractions. Significantly, there were zero citations issued for seat belt infractions.
According to Booth, the safety programs are well underway and far from finished, with more mobilizations on the drawing board for the near future.
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