Massachusetts Adopts Traffic Rules

Massachusetts Adopts Traffic Rules

The General Court of Massachusetts has recently adopted and added two amendments for providing a free lane for fire apparatus responding to a fire, to Chapter 306 of the State laws providing for such regulation applicable to all of the Commonwealth. Section 1 reads:

“Every motorman of a car upon a street railway shall, upon the appnach of any fire apparatus going to a fire or responding to an alarm, immediately stop said car and keep the same at a standstill until such apparatus has passed. Violation of any provision of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more then twenty-five dollars.

Sect. 7 A.—“Upon the approach of any fire apparatus which is going to a fire or responding to an alarm every person driving a vehicle in a way shall immediately drive said vehicle as far as possible toward the right hand curb of said right of way, and shall keep the same at a standstill until such fire apparatus has passed. No person shall drive a vehicle within 300 feet of any fire apparatus going to a fire or responding to an alarm, nor drive said vehicle or park or leave the same unattended within 600 feet of a fire or within the fire lines established thereat by the fire department. Violation of any provision of this section shall he punished by a fine of not more than twenty-five dollars.”

The passage of these two amendments was forcibly brought home to certain motorists, who responded to a second alarm fire in New Bedford recently: the police tagged some 30-odd machines, calling attention to the new law. The zealous policemen also placed tags on the cars of several fire officials. The act is probably not intended for such officials when responding from the off-shift.

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