Seat-belt measure dies in Florida Senate

| Thursday, May 29, 2003

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

HB91A would have permitted 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.

In addition, the bill would have raised the fee for reinstating a suspended driver’s license, and would have raised other fees, including the renewal fee for a state identification card.

The House passed the bill 108-3 on May 15. However, the measure died in the Senate May 27. Senate President Jim King earlier told the Bradenton Herald the proposal likely wouldn’t pass the Senate. King said he opposed the measure because “it invites profiling.”

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