Lawmakers Talk Driving Legislation

By: Kim Eiten Email
By: Kim Eiten Email

It's a click that can save a life, but right now state law says only people in the front seat need to be strapped in.

Lawmakers want to change that.

It could soon apply to every person in a vehicle: buckle up or break the law.

The proposed bill would require every person in a vehicle, even those in the back seat, to wear a seat belt.

A second bill, also introduced by Senator John Harms, would make not wearing a seat belt a primary offense.

That bill would raise the fine from $25 to $100.

Another bill discussed in hearing Monday would make texting while driving a primary offense as well.

Currently, it is a secondary offense meaning police must pull a driver over for another violation before issuing a ticket for texting.

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