Colo. lawmakers try again to beef up seat belt law

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Colorado lawmakers are trying again to strengthen the state's seat belt law.

A new bill would make it a primary offense, allowing authorities to pull over and ticket anyone not wearing a seat belt. Now, drivers can be ticketed only if they are pulled over for another offense and then found not to be wearing a seat belt.

The Senate Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 296 on Tuesday.

Previous attempts to change the law have failed because of concerns about civil liberties and racial profiling. Colorado has foregone millions in federal grant money as a result.

The latest attempt says officers must clearly observe that drivers aren't wearing a seat belt before making a stop. Violators would be fined $75, $10 more than current law.

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