Selectmen table plan to fine businesses for multiple false alarms

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A vote to impose fines on businesses that log more than three false alarms per month requiring police response has been tabled by the Dracut Board of Selectmen. Deputy Police Chief David Chartrand proposed the policy, which would charge increasing fines of $50, $75, and $100 for each false alarm. Chelmsford currently has a similar model in place. Though some selectmen voiced concern that the policy is overly severe, Chartrand pointed out that each alarm requires a two-car response; records show that officers responded to 247 such false alarms between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1 last year. The proposal allows for business owners to appeal any fines they feel are unwarranted.

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