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Arkansas Highway Commission Looks at Tighter Seat Belt Law

JULY 13, 2006 - Posted at 3:34 p.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Highway Commission may ask the Legislature to change the seat belt law to allow motorists to be pulled over if a law officer sees a driver not wearing a seat belt.

The current Arkansas law allows a motorist to be ticketed for a seat belt violation only after being pulled over for another violation.  The violation carries a $30 fine.

Commisioners heard a presentation yesterday from an official with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Commissioners were told that dozens of lives would be saved each year in Arkansas, and hundreds of serious injuries would be spared.  $93 million in associated costs would also be saved.

The commissioners agreed to consider drafting a tougher seat belt law and sending it to the Legislature for its session next year.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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