Wisconsin lawmaker is pushing legislation that would permit
police officers to pull over drivers for failure to wear
a seat belt.
current law, police can issue seat-belt citations only if
they stop drivers for another traffic violation.
new authority, police can pull over drivers if they are not
buckled up. Under AB90, the fine would be $25, up from the
bill's sponsor, Rep. John Ainsworth, R-Shawano, is hopeful
the bill, if signed into law, would curb injuries in the
state resulting from failure to wear a seat belt.
have too many people to live completely independent and free
lives,” Ainsworth told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We
each affect each others' lives, like it or not.”
measure also provides that any driver ticketed in Wisconsin
for a seat-belt infraction cannot be taken into custody.
bill is in the Assembly Transportation Committee. A similar
bill – SB37 – is in the Senate Judiciary Committee.