Arizona lawmaker will continue fight for seat-belt law

| 8/7/2003

An Arizona legislator told The Arizona Star she plans to continue her campaign for tougher seat belt laws in the state after a fatal crash this week in the Tucson, AZ, area.

Twenty states now have what are called primary seat belt laws, under which police can pull over and ticket drivers solely for not wearing their seat belts. In other states, the police cannot cite a driver for a seat belt violation unless the officer pulls the car over for other reasons.

Sen. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Tucson, sponsored a bill during this year’s legislative session that would have toughened Arizona’s seat-belt law, the newspaper reported. However, the bill did not pass.

The Bush administration recently proposed an incentive program to encourage states to increase seat-belt enforcement. Many states would see millions in extra federal money come there way if Congress agrees to retain the proposal in the transportation funding reauthorization bill.