With a new school year upon us, I just wanted to take time to point out that school safety and pedestrian safety are two of our top priorities. On Tuesday the buses will be back on the roads and students will be walking to schools and bus stops. School 20 MPH zones will be in force all over town. Please use extra caution while driving and please remember that enforcement of school zone and school bus compliance will be intensive, let’s all work together toward another safe and successful school year.
Billerica – On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at approximately 0200 hours, Billerica Police Officer Daniel Duggan was struck from behind by a motor vehicle while operating a marked police cruiser on Route 3 in Billerica. At the time of the collision, Officer Duggan was assisting a contractor who was working on the highway. The cruiser, which was operating with fully equipped and activated emergency lights, was working in tandem with other lighted traffic control devices to shut down traffic on the far right travel lane of Route 3 North, just south of exit 29 in Billerica. The motor vehicle which struck Officer Duggan was described as a 2015 Chrysler 200 and was operated by a Jeffrey Walsh, 31, of Lowell. The Massachusetts State Police responded to the accident along with numerous officers and rescue personnel from Billerica. Massachusetts State Police conducted an investigation into the accident at the scene and subsequently arrested Jeffrey Walsh for Operating under the Influence of Alcohol and marked lanes violations. There were no reported injuries to Mr. Walsh.
The injured officer was transported to Lahey Clinic in Burlington by ambulance and was treated and released with minor injuries. This was a very serious high speed impact directly into the rear of Officer Duggan’s police cruiser that could easily have resulted in serious injury and/or death. The Billerica Police appreciate all the calls from the public and media who have expressed concern over Officer Duggan.
Any additional questions should be directed to Deputy Chief Roy Frost, 978-215-9653
Owners of recreational vehicles commonly known as “dirt bikes” or “ATV’s” should be aware of the Town of Billerica By-Laws in place that restrict their usage in town. In addition, MA General Law Chapter 90B also regulates their use. Lack of awareness or knowledge shall not be defenses in an action filed pursuant to these by-laws or Chapter 90B.
Town of Billerica By-Laws Section 12
- 12.1 The use of two, three or four wheel recreational motor vehicles, as partly defined in
MGL Chapter 90B, Section 20, more commonly known as “Dirt Bikes” or “ATV‟s” is
hereby prohibited on any land in the Town except that land for which an operator of said
vehicle(s) has on their person written permission from the owner or lessee of said land.
- 12.2 No such permitted use of private property by an operator of a vehicle shall occur
between nine o’clock post meridian (9:00 pm) and ten o’clock ante meridian (10:00 am)
- 12.3 Any person or owner of land found to be in violation of this By-Law shall pay a fine
of one hundred ($100.00) dollars per violation. Each day that such violation continues
shall constitute a separate offense.
- 12.4 This By-Law may be enforced by a non-criminal disposition. The Billerica Police
Department or any other law enforcement agency shall be the enforcing agents for the
State Laws MGL Chapter 90B
- All riders under 18 must complete an OHV Safety and Responsibility Course approved by the Boat and Recreation Vehicle Safety Bureau. This course is made up of two different parts: an online safety course offered by an approved provider and an in-person, two-hour course which covers Massachusetts-specific laws and regulations. If the rider is under 16, a parent or guardian must accompany the child to the in-person session. Individuals must carry their course completion certificate with them at all times when riding on public or private property.
- All ATV’s operated in Massachusetts on public/private land must be registered with the Massachusetts Environmental Police and have affixed registration decal.
- All violations of Massachusetts ATV laws are subject to arrest and/or civil fines.
- General Laws https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXIV/Chapter90B
More information from Mass.gov
What is ATM skimming? ATM skimming is a type of fraud which occurs when an ATM machine is compromised with a device that reads your debit/credit card information and is accompanied by a small camera or an overlay that is used to record the user entering their PIN number.
ATM skimming is a large problem both domestically and internationally. Skimmers have been found not only in Billerica but also surrounding towns over the last year. Unsuspecting victims often notice random charges on their statements or they are alerted by their banks of an unauthorized transaction.
What can someone do to protect themselves?
- Cover your PIN with your hand.
- Use ATM’s located at bank branches and avoid kiosks, stores and restaurants. ATM’s located at bank branch are often subject to more frequent inspections by bank employees.
- Check your balances and set up alerts to send an email or text message when a withdrawal is made.
- Take a good look at the ATM and make sure the card slot is legitimate and not tacked on. Some skimming devices are cheaper looking than others and it’s not always easy to spot them.
The Town of Billerica Police department will be hosting its annual National Night Out event on Tuesday August 4, 2015 from 6-9 pm. The Town would like to invite everyone to come join us in the Billerica Town Common.
National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in local anti-crime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
This is a great opportunity to meet members of the Billerica Police, Paramedics, Firefighters, and DPW and get up close and see their emergency vehicles. Magician Matias will be entertaining you this evening, sponsored by Lynnway Auto Auction of Billerica. He is a proven, professional magician that has been awarded 2012-2013-2014 Best New York comedy magician. Check his website out at www.magicianmatias.com The Billerica Recreation department is featuring the 4EVER FAB, Beatles tribute band for the Concerts on the Common series. The Billerica Public Library will be hosting their Annual Ice Cream Social. U.S. Army National Guard Unit 211th Military Police Battalion will have Military vehicles for viewing. The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department will have their Bear-Cat available for viewing and photo opportunities. The Billerica Council on Aging will be providing FREE popcorn for the evening. Billerica and Local Police K-9 handlers will be conducting demonstrations. The Billerica Police Honor Guard “GRILL TEAM” will be selling Hamburgers and hot dogs to help raise money for new equipment.
Any questions or interested sponsors please contact Lt. Commander Troy Opland or Lt. Greg Katz at 978-667-1212.
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