House Kills Seat Belt Bill

By: AP
By: AP

A proposal that would have allowed police officers to pull over drivers for not wearing seat belts is dead.

Members of the House first amended the bill to only require that children under nine ride in booster seats or car seats.

But then lawmakers killed that too partly because of fears drivers would be hassled by unnecessary traffic stops.

There's some dispute over whether officers already have the power to do that but making it official would have brought in two million dollars in federal transportation funding.

Last year a seat belt bill also died in the House partly because of fears it could be misused by authorities to pull over drivers because of their race.

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