Posted by Sara Brown July 19, 2010 10:20 AM
The Burlington Selectmen will discuss and vote on adopting a zero-tolerance policy for safety belt violations at their Monday night meeting, potentially making Burlington among other Massachusetts towns that have adopted a stringent approach to seat belt use.
According to Assistant Town Administrator Tom Hickey, the town will likely adopt the measure, which would have police officers issue citations and written warnings for those who fail to use seat belts.
Hickey said that according to a letter from the state highway safety department, Massachusetts has one of the lowest seatbelt usage rates in the country, though the rate has gone from 67 percent in 2008 to 74 percent in 2009. According to the highway department, the national average is 84 percent.
In encouraging towns to intensify enforcement, he said, the state said that verbal warnings don't have the impact necessary to encourage people to use their seat belts.
The selectmen will also discuss a KENO license for the Burlington Forty-Niners, and vote on accepting a recent change to state law that will allow liquor sales on Sunday mornings.
The board will meet Monday night at 7 in the Main Hearing Room at Burlington's Town Hall.