NOVEMBER 21, 2005 - Posted at 4:08 p.m. CST
JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The House transportation chairman is dropping his efforts to toughen Missouri's seat belt laws.
But chairman Neal St. Onge is joining an effort that could allow toll roads on a new Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis.
St. Onge outlined his legislative priorities today after the Missouri Department of Transportation presented its annual report to lawmakers.
MoDot still wants a law that would let police pull over motorists for not wearing their seat belts. The House defeated a similar proposal earlier this year. And St. Onge says he'll focus on other safety issues next year, like tougher penalties for drivers who violate work zone rules.
He's also backing a MoDot idea to authorize a private owner to charge tolls on a new St. Louis bridge.