bill to strengthen Massachusetts’ seat-belt law was killed May 29
after a deadlock vote on the matter by House members.
proposal would have permitted police to pull over drivers who are
not buckled up. Under current law, police can only cite drivers
for not buckling up if the officer stops the vehicle for another
73-73 vote defeated the measure. A similar bill was also defeated
by a tie vote in 2001.
year’s measure would have passed, but one of its staunchest supporters,
Rep. Colleen Garry, D-Dracut, missed the vote because she was making
a phone call, the Boston Herald reported.
provisions of H2128 included prohibiting police from searching the
vehicle and its occupants solely because of a seat-belt violation.