bill in the Wisconsin Legislature 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 current $10.
measure, sponsored by Rep. John Ainsworth, R-Shawano, also provides
that any driver ticketed in Wisconsin for a seat-belt infraction
cannot be taken into custody.
bill passed the Assembly Transportation Committee May 1. It has
been sent to the Assembly Rules Committee.