On Saturday night, a Massachusetts man died in a traffic accident after his GMC Sierrra hit a tree of Interstate 84. State police said the 52-year-old man was driving eastbound when his vehicle veered off the road. He was not wearing his seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
The truck accident remains under investigation. An autopsy will also be performed to determine the cause of death.
Here in Massachusetts, all drivers and passengers age 12 years and older are required to wear seat belt. However, exceptions include on-duty postal workers, emergency vehicle passengers and police and fire vehicle drivers, and drivers and passengers of vehicles made before July 1966.
The state’s current seatbelt law went into effective on February 1, 1994. Failure to wear a seat belt is a secondary offense in Massachusetts, but drivers can be fined $25 for a first offense and $25 each for unrestrained passengers 12-16 years old.
Source: Pickup hits tree on I-84 median, killing Massachusetts man, Republican American, November 1, 2010
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