Florida House passes seat-belt bill

| 5/23/2003

The Florida Legislature has taken up a proposal to toughen the state’s seat-belt enforcement.

The House, in special session dealing with proposals not accomplished during the regular session, added the measure to a bill dealing with driver’s licenses.

HB91A would permit police to pull over drivers who are not buckled up. Under current law, police cannot ticket drivers for seat-belt violations unless the driver is pulled over for another traffic violation.

The House passed the bill 108-3 on May 15. The measure now heads to the Senate for consideration.

But Senate President Jim King told the Bradenton Herald the proposal likely wouldn’t pass the Senate. King said he opposed the measure because “it invites profiling.”

The bill raises the fee for reinstating a suspended driver’s license. It also raises other fees, including the renewal fee for a state identification card.