Wisconsin looks at seat-belt initiative

| 6/4/2003

A bill in the Wisconsin Legislature would permit police officers to pull over drivers for failure to wear a seat belt.

Under current law, police can issue seat-belt citations only if they stop drivers for another traffic violation.

With 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.

The 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.

The bill passed the Assembly Transportation Committee May 1. It has been sent to the Assembly Rules Committee.