In Massachusetts...It's the LAW!
Seatbelt Safety According to
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 1982
through 1995 safety belts are estimated to have saved 74,769 lives.
Even more lives could be saved and serious injuries avoided if seat
belt use in the United States, currently at 68 percent, could be
increased to 90 percent, levels that are common in many other countries.
with Seat Belt and Child Seat Use.
Seat belts and child safety
seats work, but, fewer than 40 percent of both adults and children who
died in traffic crashes were properly restrained.
Seat belts work.
Seat Belts are the most
effective means of reducing fatalities and serious injuries when crashes
occur and are estimated to save 9,500 lives in America each year.
Research has found that lap/shoulder belts, when used properly, reduce
the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants by 45
percent and the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50 percent. For
light truck occupants, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60
percent and moderate-to-critical injury by 65 percent.
Every 14 seconds someone in
America is injured in a traffic crash and every 12 minutes someone is
killed. When a traffic crash occurs, occupants are still traveling at
the vehicle's original speed at the moment of impact. Just after the
vehicle rapidly comes to a complete stop, unbelted occupants slam into
the steering wheel, windshield, or other parts of the vehicle's
interior. Seat belts are effective in reducing fatalities and injuries
caused by this second collision, or "human collision," when the
vehicle's occupants hit some part of the vehicle interior or other
occupants. Seat belts provide the greatest protection against occupant
ejection. In fatal crashes in 1995, only two percent of restrained
passenger car occupants were ejected, compared to 25 percent of
unrestrained occupants. Ejection from a vehicle is one of the most
injurious events that can happen to a person in a crash. Three-quarters
of the occupants who are ejected from passenger cars are killed.
Bridgewater Police Department
This Program is offered to
the Public to ensure that all children are properly secure while riding
in motor vehicles.
All seats will be inspected
for safety recalls by the manufacturer, and that they apply properly to
the child using the seat, and the seats will be installed with
instructions given to the parents as to all the safety features.
This program is free to the
The East Bridgewater Police
Department would like to thank the following sponsors:
Kiwanis Club of
Highway Safety Bureau
Storage King Self
Paul Clark Ford
If you have any questions
regarding child restraint systems please contact: Officer Doug Carey,
Detective John Grillo or Officer David Perrault at (508) 378-7223
Massachusetts Child Safety Seat Law
Chapter 90: Section 7AA. Child passenger
restraints; fine; violation as evidence in civil action
[ First and second paragraphs effective until
July 10, 2008. For text effective July 10, 2008, see below.]
Section 7AA. No child under age five and no
child weighing forty pounds or less shall ride as a passenger in
a motor vehicle on any way unless such child is properly
fastened and secured, according to the manufacturer's
instructions, by a child passenger restraint as defined in
No child who is five years of age or older,
but not older than twelve years of age, shall ride as a
passenger in a motor vehicle on any way unless such child is
wearing a safety belt which is properly adjusted and fastened
according to the manufacturer's instructions.
[ First and second paragraphs as amended by
2008, 79, Sec. 2 effective July 10, 2008. For text effective
until July 10, 2008, see above.]
A passenger in a motor vehicle on any way
who is under the age of 8 shall be fastened and secured by a
child passenger restraint, unless such passenger measures more
than 57 inches in height. The child passenger restraint shall be
properly fastened and secured according to the manufacturer's
Unless required to be properly fastened and
secured by a child passenger restraint under the preceding
paragraph, a passenger in a motor vehicle on any way that is
under the age of 13 shall wear a safety belt which is properly
adjusted and fastened according to the manufacturer's
The provisions of this section shall not
apply to any such child who is: (1) riding as a passenger in a
school bus; (2) riding as a passenger in a motor vehicle made
before July first, nineteen hundred and sixty-six, that is not
equipped with safety belts; (3) physically unable to use either
a conventional child passenger restraint or a child restraint
specifically designed for children with special needs; provided,
however, that such condition is duly certified in writing by a
physician who shall state the nature of the disability as well
as the reasons such restraints are inappropriate; provided,
further, that no such certifying physician shall be subject to
liability in a civil action for the issuance of or for the
failure to issue such certificate. An operator of a motor
vehicle who violates the provisions of this section shall be
subject to a fine of not more than twenty-five dollars;
provided, however, that said twenty-five dollar fine shall not
apply to an operator of a motor vehicle licensed as a taxi cab
not equipped with a child passenger restraint device.
A violation of this section shall not be
used as evidence of contributory negligence in any civil action.
A person who receives a citation for a
violation of any of the provisions of this section may contest
such citation pursuant to section three of chapter ninety C. A
violation of this section shall not be deemed to be a conviction
of a moving violation of the motor vehicle laws for the purpose
of determining surcharges on motor vehicle premiums pursuant to
section one hundred and thirteen B of chapter one hundred and
Children using the
vehicle seat belt only should not place the shoulder belt under
the arm or behind the back.
The law does not apply
Children in school
Children riding in a
vehicle made before July 1, 1966 that does not have safety
unable to use either a conventional car seat or a child
restraint specifically designed for children with special needs.
Inability to use a child restraint of either type must be
certified in writing by physician.
safest place for children is in the back seat.
infants should remain rear-facing until at least one year of age
AND and at least 20 lbs.
Never place a rear-facing child safety seat in a front passenger
seat with an air bag.
FINE: The driver will be fined $25.00 for each unrestrained child.
For more information
call the Executive Office of Public Safety
and Security, the Injury Prevention and Control Program, MA
Dept. of Public Health, toll free at 1-800-227-SAFE or the East
Bridgewater Police Department at (508) 378-7223
DO IF YOU ARE IN A MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION
have been in a motor vehicle collision there are certain things that you
need to do, and certain information that you need to know.
have been in a motor vehicle collision you should:
Assess injuries; if you or someone else is injured
contact the police department immediately.
If there is over $1000 damage to either vehicle,
contact the police department.
If nobody is injured, and the damage is not over
$1000, you should get the other drivers information. This includes
name, license number, insurance information, and registration
After the accident you will need to pick up a crash
report from the Police Department, or download the form by clicking
HERE. After completing the report you will have to make three
copies of the report, the copies need to be sent to the following
you've been in an accident, download the
Motor Vehicle Crash Operator Report
from the Massachusetts
Registry of Motor
Avoid Getting In A Motor Vehicle Collision
Speed is a
major factor in many accidents. Driving too fast for the road
conditions, weather, for the vehicle or for the driver increases your
chances of being involved in a collision. Reduce speed during adverse
weather conditions; rain, ice, sleet, snow and otherwise poor road
surfaces can increase your stopping distance. Having worn tires or
brakes decrease your ability to stop, and control your vehicle under
emergency stopping and turning conditions. As a driver you also have to
remember that there are many new drivers on the roadway, and varying
degrees of experience will lead to varying degrees of driving ability.
with the vehicle that you are operating. All vehicles have blind spots,
you should know where they are on your vehicle, and always check them
before changing lanes or turning. You cannot check these spots with
mirrors, you may have to turn around and check these spots.
also know where the mechanical controls are located in your vehicle.
This includes headlights, and windshield wipers. Knowing where they are
located will decrease the need to divert your eyes from the roadway. You
should also check that these mechanisms are in working order. A burnt
out headlight bulb can seriously decrease your ability to see in the
dark, and it will also decrease the ability for other vehicles to see
you. Your windshield wipers should be kept new, and your washer fluid
should be kept full. A clean windshield is key in good visibility.
seatbelt. This will not only save you if you are involved in a
collision, it will also decrease your chances of getting in a collision.
In a situation where you have to maneuver your vehicle your seatbelt
will hold you in place, so you are still in control of your vehicle.
from other vehicles. Don’t tailgate other drivers, and don’t let them
tailgate you. Following too closely is the leading cause of accidents.
Don’t drive next to other vehicles, obstructions in the roadway can
cause other vehicles to swerve, and they may swerve into you, also when
you are next to other vehicles they may not be able to see you, you
might be in their blind spot. This is especially true with tractor
trailer trucks, the blind spots on these trucks is much larger and the
drivers often have trouble seeing you, also the tires on tractor trailer
trucks are re-tread, these are the large sections of tire tread that you
see on the highway. Heat causes these treads to come off, they can hit
your vehicle, get stuck under your vehicle, when this tread comes off it
is loud and may cause you to stop abruptly or swerve.
step in avoiding Motor Vehicle Collisions is to know where they are
likely to occur. Intersections are a place that many collisions occur,
always check to make sure traffic is stopped before you start to go
through a stop sign, or through a green light. Bends in the roadway are
another places that collisions occur. Drivers may not realize how sharp
a corner is or may be driving to fast, or the corner may come up faster
than the driver expected and they could end up in your lane of travel.
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