Chief Daniel Rosa
6 Good St.
Billerica, MA 01821
For Immediate Release
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-791-7627 or 781-533-9398
Billerica Police to Increase Enforcement of Pedestrian, Crosswalk Laws
BILLERICA — Police Chief Daniel Rosa announces that the Billerica Police Department is ramping up its efforts to increase pedestrian safety this spring.
The Town recently installed new crosswalk warning devices at four locations in town. The most prominent is located in front of the Billerica Public Library, crossing Concord Road and Boston Road at the Town Common.
Other locations include Concord Road at Richardson Street, Charnstaffe Lane at Concord Road and Middlesex Turnpike at Micozzi Beach.
“Now that spring has arrived and more residents are out and about, we will be on the streets in full force throughout the town enforcing crosswalk violations and other pedestrian laws,” Chief Rosa said. “Pedestrian accidents are increasing in frequency and we are committed to bring attention to this quality of life issue for the residents of Billerica.”
To help make sharing the road a safer place for pedestrians and bicyclists, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety’s Security Highway Safety Division awarded the Billerica Police Department a $5,000 grant to increase patrol efforts. Officers will be out undercover in plainclothes as decoys to monitor various areas in town.
According to the Massachusetts Traffic Records Analysis Center, there have been 320 fatal injuries and 3,456 serious or incapacitating injuries sustained by pedestrians in motor vehicle crashes from 2008 to 2012.
“These numbers are troubling and the Police Department would like to decrease the amount of injuries and accidents this season,” Chief Rosa said. “We hope that by increasing our presence around town, drivers will comply with state laws without receiving a citation.”
Motorists should be aware of Massachusetts statute that requires motorists to stop when pedestrians step into the crosswalk and allow them to travel safely to the other side. Violation of the crosswalk law is a $200 penalty and an insurance surcharge.
Other finable offenses include:
- $200 for improper passing of a vehicle that was stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk
- $200 if a motorist blocks or drives his/her vehicle into a crosswalk, impeding pedestrians
- $100 for failing to stop for a red or yellow pedestrian light signal
- $35 for failing to slow down for a pedestrian stepping off a sidewalk onto the road