On 9/18/15 between midnight and 1am, an unknown white male broke into a motor vehicle in north Billerica stealing a wallet. The suspect then went to Speedway on Boston Road in North Billerica where he used one of the credit cards stolen from the wallet in an attempt to purchase cigarettes and other items. The suspect is described as a clean shaven white male, early to mid-twenties, approximately 5’10” with an average build and short brown hair. He was wearing a dark colored t-shirt and cargo shorts. If anyone has information on the suspect’s identity, please contact Billerica Police either directly, 978-667-1212 or anonymously through our website using the contact tools located in the menu at the top of our website.
The Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law requires that all children sit in a federally approved car seat or booster, which must be properly fastened and secured, until they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall. It is recommended that children under the age of 13 ride in the back seat.
All infants and toddlers should be in rear-facing car seats until they reach the age of 2 years old, or the weight and height limit issued by the manufacturer. Toddlers and preschoolers should be placed in convertible and forward-facing seats equipped with a harness. Once school-aged children outgrow their forward-facing seats, they should sit in a booster until they are old enough to wear a seat belt.
“It is vital that parents and guardians are taking the time to properly install child safety seats,” Chief Rosa said. “The safest place for children while in the car is in the backseat, but only if those seats are correctly installed and children are properly secured.”
The Billerica Police Traffic Safety Unit is comprised of four officers who are all trained as Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPS) and have completed The National CPS Certification Training Program. Currently, child seat installations are by appointment only based on the availability of technicians. Participants are encouraged to call Sgt. Craig Grogan in the Traffic Safety Unit at 978-215-9686 to schedule appointments.
Prior to a scheduled appointment, participants must do the following:
• Bring a current copy of the child safety seat manual and vehicle owners manual to the appointment
• Attempt to install the child seat according to instructions in the manual
• Clean and clear vehicle of any debris that would inhibit the proper installation of a child seat
• Have accurate and current heights and weights of the child whom the seat will be installed for, it is preferred if the child is present.
According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, 75 percent of child safety seats are installed incorrectly, and motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death and injury for all children. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 638 children 12 years old and younger were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2013, and that more than 127,250 were injured.
Properly securing your child in an age and size appropriate car seat greatly lowers the risk of serious and fatal injuries. The CDC reports that:
• Car seats reduce the risk of death to infants by 71 percent, and to toddlers between ages 1 to 4 by 54 percent.
• Booster seats decrease the risk for serious injury by 45 percent for children 4 to 8 years old when compared with solely seat belt use.
For more information on child car seat safety or to find a checkup event, visit www.mass.gov/childsafetyseats.
The Yankee Doodle Parade will be on September 19, 2015 at 10:00 am. Road closures will begin at approximately 9:45 am. Parade route is Billerica Mall to the Marshall Middle School.
The Fireworks display will be at the Marshall Middle School on September 19th with events beginning at 6:30 pm and fireworks at approximately 8:30 pm.
For all other information please visit the Yankee Doodle Homecoming website HERE.
The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS/HSD) is committed to ensuring the safety of children riding in motor vehicles on the Commonwealth’s roadways. EOPSS/HSD actively works with local municipalities, hospitals, and not-for-profit organizations to promote proper child passenger seat installation and usage through community outreach, maintaining a child passenger safety (CPS) information line, and by training CPS technicians. We will continually strive to increase the number of CPS checkup events and fitting stations throughout the Commonwealth, both of which provide residents with free child safety seat installation or inspection by certified CPS technicians.
For more information please visit the Executive Office of Public Safety’s website HERE or call the Child Passenger Safety Information Line at 877-392-5956.
The Billerica Police Department also performs safety seat installations by appointment. Call Sergeant Craig Grogan at 978-215-9686 to schedule.
On September 26, 2015, the Billerica Police Department in conjunction with the DEA and the Billerica Substance Abuse Prevention Committee is offering a free medicine disposal opportunity. The Prescription Drug Take-Back will be held at the Billerica DPW yard located at 248 Boston Road.
Bring expired or unwanted prescriptions, veterinary medications, and over the counter medications. Do not bring thermometers, needles, or medical waste.
The Take-Back will be from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Rain or shine.
No questions will be asked. All patient information will remain confidential.