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May 15, 2014

Peabody police say buckle up

PEABODY — The Peabody Police Department is again joining state police and more than 133 other local police departments in Massachusetts this month to crack down on seatbelt scofflaws.

The Click It Or Ticket Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization is federally funded. In Peabody, officers will be out “in full force” from May 19 to June 1, according to a press release from the department.

“Memorial Day traditionally kicks off the busy summer driving season. Safety belts and properly installed child safety seats are your best defense against drunk, aggressive and distracted drivers,” says Chief Robert St. Pierre.

Police say statistics show drivers and passengers are less likely to buckle up at night compared to daytime motorists, and of those people killed in nighttime crashes, 55 percent weren’t wearing seatbelts. Conversely, 41 percent of occupants killed in daytime crashes weren’t buckled up.

Police say there will be a “zero tolerance” policy during those two weeks to help enforce the message that “driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what state, no matter what time.”

“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater,” adds Lt. Scott Richards. “We want to make this the safest summer possible. Buckling up is not optional; it’s the difference between life and death in a crash.”

You can find more information at www.mass.gov/highwaysafety.

More praise for Stark

Peabody police officer Matthew Stark recently received praise for helping save the life of a man in cardiac arrest during a snowstorm this winter. Well, Chief St. Pierre has released another letter of thanks for Stark’s actions, this time for coming to the rescue of a young girl who fell face-first into a glass hutch in September.

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