Click It

I’m the kind of driver who yields to oncoming traffic.

I use my directional signal.  In parking lots.

I stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Yes, that was me that you passed on Mill Street.  I was going the speed limit in my nondescript Japanese sedan, and when you looked over to see what kind of old lady was going 30 in a 30mph zone, you instead saw a rather serious-looking young chick.

I’m a pretty cautious driver.

One day, about four years ago, I got pulled on June Street, near the White Hen Pantry at the Chandler Street intersection.  I asked the officer why I was being pulled over.  For failure to stop, he said, at Newton Avenue in Newton Square.   I was a bit surprised.  Not stopping there is a bit like taking one’s life in one’s hands, and I tend to prefer life to death.

And then he said, “You know, it could have been a lot worse if you weren’t wearing your seat belt and the baby wasn’t in his car seat.”

Ah.

I found out later that day that the Worcester PD was in the middle of a couple of weeks of Click It or Ticket enforcement.

In a state like Massachusetts, where the seat belt law isn’t primary, federal dollars are still available for Click It or Ticket.  But whereas police officers in other states can pull you over for not wearing a seat belt, Massachusetts police officers are not able to do that — so they have to find other reasons to pull you over.  In order to receive the federal grant money, they HAVE to issue so many tickets.  And they do.  And will.

So drive carefully out there — but that’s still no guarantee you won’t be ticketed.  And — remember — fighting tickets will cost you $25, even if you win.

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