HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 74        FILED ON: 1/3/2019

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Timothy R. Whelan


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to police pursuits.






Timothy R. Whelan

1st Barnstable

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Donald R. Berthiaume, Jr.

5th Worcester

William L. Crocker, Jr.

2nd Barnstable

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

David F. DeCoste

5th Plymouth

Shawn Dooley

9th Norfolk

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Stephan Hay

3rd Worcester

Daniel J. Hunt

13th Suffolk

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Hannah Kane

11th Worcester

Kathleen R. LaNatra

12th Plymouth

Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr.

28th Middlesex

Joseph D. McKenna

18th Worcester

Rady Mom

18th Middlesex

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Mathew J. Muratore

1st Plymouth

Shaunna L. O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Patrick M. O'Connor

Plymouth and Norfolk

Norman J. Orrall

12th Bristol

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

David Allen Robertson

19th Middlesex

John H. Rogers

12th Norfolk

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

Michael J. Soter

8th Worcester

Alyson M. Sullivan

7th Plymouth

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Paul F. Tucker

7th Essex

Jonathan D. Zlotnik

2nd Worcester

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 74        FILED ON: 1/3/2019

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By Mr. Whelan of Brewster, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2150) of Timothy R. Whelan and others relative to the penalties for motor vehicle operators refusing to stop for a police officer.  Public Safety and Homeland Security.


SEE HOUSE, NO. 983 OF 2017-2018.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court



An Act relative to police pursuits.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Section 25 of Chapter 90 is hereby stricken and is hereby replaced with the following:

Section 25. Any person who, while operating or in charge of a motor vehicle, shall refuse, when requested by a police officer, to give his name and address or the name and address of the owner of such motor vehicle, or who shall give a false name or address, or who refuses, on demand of such officer, to produce his license to operate such vehicle or his certificate of registration, or to permit such officer to take the license or certificate in hand for the purpose of examination, or who refuses, on demand of such officer, to sign his name in the presence of such officer, and any person who on the demand of an officer of the police or other officer mentioned in section twenty-nine or authorized by the registrar, without a reasonable excuse fails to deliver his license to operate motor vehicles or the certificate of registration of any motor vehicle operated or owned by him or the number plates furnished by the registrar for said motor vehicle, or who refuses or neglects to produce his license when requested by a court or trial justice, shall be punished by a fine of one hundred dollars.

Any person who shall refuse or neglect to stop when signaled to stop by any police officer who is in uniform or who displays his badge conspicuously on the outside of his outer coat or garment, shall be punished by imprisonment in state prison for a period not to exceed 2 years  and by a fine not to exceed $2,500.