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July 22, 2010  |   Comments (1)   |   Post a comment

City officials approve seat belt use requirement


BURLINGTON, Mass. — This week, the Board of Selectmen adopted a policy aimed at increasing seat belt use, with a special focus on school bus seat belts.

Burlington is one of the few towns in the area where school buses are equipped with seat belts, but their use is not enforced. Board officials discussed publicizing seat belt use on school buses in school welcome packets and in classrooms.

Failure to wear a seat belt would remain a secondary offense, meaning people will not be pulled over for that reason alone, according to an article on But failing to wear a seat belt could result in a citation and $25 fine.

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I believe that adults driving their personal vehicles must not be bullied into buckling-up, even though I also believe the law must require young motorists and also children protected with safety seats or relevant restraints, including on the school buses. In the case of adults in their private vehicles the issue is one of choice, exceptions might include unbuckled and also speeding, reckless, careless or drunk driving. An adult unbuckled in and by itself is a secondary offense in many states, meaning motorists will not be pulled over for that reason alone. Adult choice concerning this issue is not a crime in my opinion but may be an insurance premium issue. UK's 'Embracing Life' is an excellent public service promotion that communicates an important need without the state making threats. Would like to see similar promotions in the US for motorists and also ads covering children riding the school buses. Link to UK Ad:

James Kraemer    |    Jul 23, 2010 12:37 PM

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