proposal in the Ohio Senate would permit police to pull over drivers
who are not buckled up.
bill, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Armbruster, R-North Ridgeville, would
create a primary law for seat-belt enforcement. Currently, police
can ticket drivers and passengers for seat-belt violations only
after stopping a vehicle for another traffic violation.
SB125, an unbelted driver could be fined $30 and a front-seat
passenger, $20. No points would be assessed on the driver’s license.
signed into law, it would put Ohio in line for additional federal
Bush administration recently proposed an incentive program to
encourage states to increase seat-belt enforcement. The program
would provide grants worth $100 million a year for highway safety
or construction programs to states that pass a primary seat-belt
law or show a seat-belt-usage rate of at least 90 percent.
is one of about 30 states without a primary seat-belt law. The
state’s usage rate is 73 percent, The Toledo Blade reported.