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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2253         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2281


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Daniel B. Winslow


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 establishing a seat belt defense.






Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Robert L. Hedlund


Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2253        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2281

By Mr. Winslow of Norfolk, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2281) of Daniel B. Winslow and others establishing a seat belt defense in civil actions for certain personal injuries incurred in a motor vehicle accident.  The Judiciary. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act establishing a seat belt defense.

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

              SECTION 1. Section 13A of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following new subsection:

              (g) Evidence of failure to comply with this section by any person 18 years of age or over shall be admissible in any civil action by that person for personal injuries resulting from the use or operation of a motor vehicle if the defense establishes by a preponderance of the evidence that the injuries suffered were worse than would have been suffered with the use of a safety belt as required by this section.

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