Two Nebraska lawmakers are offering bills to make not wearing a seatbelt in a motor vehicle, a primary offense
Two Nebraska lawmakers are offering bills to make not wearing a seatbelt in a motor vehicle, a primary offense. Measures from Senators Bob Krist of Omaha and John Harms from Scottsbluff would mean motorists could be stopped by law officers without having to first be pulled over for some other violation. Krist says his bill would also cover rear-seat passengers.
Senator Bob Krist "of our vehicles"
The biggest difference between the two bills is -- Krist proposes a 25-dollar fine for a seat belt violation while Harms calls for a 100-dollar fine.
A state senator from Omaha is proposing a change in Nebraska's seat belt law. Senator Bob Krist says his bill would make it so seat belt violators could be pulled over by a law officer for that offense, instead of it being secondary. Also, Krist says the state’s current belt law does little for back seat passengers.
Krist "in an accident"
Senator John Harms of Scottsbluff proposes a similar bill to Krist's measure but Harms' bill would quadruple the fine for a seat belt violations, from 25 to 100 dollars.
Two state senators are offering changes to the state's seat belt law. Both would make it so law officers could pull you over just for not wearing your seat belt. Senator John Harms’ bill differs from the measure introduced by Bob Krist in one respect, it carries a fine of $100 for a violation, rather than $25 included in the Krist measure.
Sen. John Harms "not a choice"
Iowa has a primary offense seatbelt law. Kansas, Colorado, South Dakota, Missouri and Wyoming are among those with secondary-offense laws, similar to Nebraska’s current statute.
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(courtesy of Nebraska Radio Network)