Thursday, November 3, 2011

Making Our Roadways Safe

Today over 70 Massachusetts police chiefs came to the state house to speak in unison on a bill they support and I co-sponsored that would allow a municipal police officer the authority to administer a traffic stop in a neighboring community as long as the officer has been engaged in the continuous pursuit of the suspect vehicle. Senate Bill 662, An Act Improving Apprehension of Drunk Drivers and Other Law Violators, is sponsored by Senator Brewer and would provide law enforcement officials with a long overdue tool in the fight to keep our communities’ streets safe from drunk drivers.

The police chiefs also participated in a hearing of a Joint Committee on the Judiciary, on SB 662 today, and testified on the importance of swift passage of the bill. I had the opportunity to speak with reporter Jon Keller of WBZ-TV as part of his coverage of SB 662. To read the actual text of the bill please click here.

Below are two photos taken today of me standing with the chiefs, including one photo of me with Chiefs Peter Silva of Essex and Ken Walsh of Wenham.