Wednesday, October 23, 2019

In the News: seat belt law changes proposed, again; Millis to vote on bag ban

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"For at least the seventh consecutive legislative session, lawmakers and driving safety advocates on Tuesday morning asked legislators to give police the ability to pull over and ticket drivers if anyone in the car is not wearing a seat belt, citing the state’s 46th-in-the-nation ranking for seat belt usage and the promise of saving lives.

For years, plans to stiffen penalties under the state’s seat belt law have buckled in the face of racial profiling and privacy considerations. Under the current law, police officers in Massachusetts can only issue a ticket for a violation of the seat belt law if they pull the driver over for another offense.

State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, and state Sen. Paul Feeney, D-Foxborough, filed legislation that would increase the fines for seat-belt violations and would make the violation a primary offense, for which police can stop drivers.

The bill, which has nine co-sponsors, would see drivers and passengers over age 16 fined $50 for not wearing seat belts. The driver would be charged an additional $50 for each passenger between the ages of 12 and 16 who were not wearing belts."
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"The Millis Select Board moved the plastic bag ban initiative forward as an article for voting at the next town meeting Nov. 4.

The bylaw will eliminate single-use plastic bags in Millis, similar to the 122 other towns that have passed carry-out bag ban legislation.

Newspaper bags, dry cleaner bags, vegetable bags without handles, bags used for packaging meat and fish and brown paper bags will not be affected."

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