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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3455         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1690


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Daniel B. Winslow and Richard J. Ross


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 traffic stops.






Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police

250 East Main Street Norton, MA 02766

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3455        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1690

By Representative Winslow of Norfolk and Senator Ross, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1690) of Daniel B. Winslow, Richard J. Ross and others relative to traffic stops.  The Judiciary. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to traffic stops.

              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 98A of Chapter 41 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the section in its entirety and replacing it thereof with the following paragraph:-

              A police officer of a city or town may stop a person or vehicle in a city or town that borders the officers city or town if the officer has reason to believe that the person or vehicle recently traveled through his or her city or town under circumstances where the officer would have had the authority to stop the person or vehicle for the purpose of making an arrest, placing an operator in protective custody, issuing a citation or taking any other enforcement action. Said officer may return any person so arrested or placed in protective custody to the jurisdiction wherein said offence was committed or other condition or violation was observed. No criminal case shall be dismissed, and no evidence in a criminal case shall be suppressed, based on the fact that a stop of a person or motor vehicle did not comport with this section. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed as limiting the powers of a police officer to make arrests and in so far as possible this section shall be deemed to be declaratory of the common law of the commonwealth.

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