Earlier this month, Massachusetts state police launched a statewide campaign stressing a zero-tolerance policy on seat belt violations. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 14,000 people died in motor vehicle accidents while unbelted in the United States in 2007. Seat belts can reduce the risk of a fatal injury by up to 60 percent when worn correctly.
The Click It or Ticket campaign means that more troopers and local police will be monitoring Massachusetts roadways to ensure that drivers comply with seat belt laws. In Massachusetts, drivers and passengers are subject to a $25 fine for each occupant not properly restrained.
Said the superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, “Safety belts are your best defense against other drivers and the best chance for survival in a crash, yet more than 30 percent of Massachusetts drivers still aren’t buckling up.”
Drivers agree safety should dictate seat belts, texting ban, The Daily Item, May 23, 2009
Contact a Massachusetts car accident attorney if you have been injured on the road.