Friday, January 12, 2007
Traffic enforcement effort nets 35 cars
Two four-hour periods of traffic enforcement on Carlisle roads yielded a catch of 35 cars stopped under the "Click it or Ticket" seat belt enforcement program on December 29 and January 5.
Grant money from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety funds extra officers to conduct the brief enforcement effort. Officer Andy Booth of the Carlisle Police Department has been in charge of these mobilizations. Fines for not wearing seatbelts go into the town's general fund, so the only profit for the police department is in safer driving for town inhabitants.
Police Chief John Sullivan says that there has been an increase in seat belt use in Massachusetts from 51% compliance in 2005 to 67% in 2006. He points out that Massachusetts is well below the national average of 82% compliance, but beams about the plaque Carlisle Police received from the state's Executive Office of Public Safety for "outstanding safety belt use increase."
Booth indicates that there are funds for four more mobilizations and an opportunity to bolster Carlisle's already excellent record in four yet-to-be-scheduled mobilization periods.
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