A Utah lawmaker has drafted
legislation that would permit police to pull over drivers in the state who are not buckled up.
The bill sponsored by Sen. Karen Hale, D-Salt Lake City,
would create a primary law for seat-belt enforcement. Currently, police can
ticket drivers only after stopping a vehicle for another traffic violation.
signed into law, SB71 would put the state in line for additional federal money.
incentive program recently introduced in Congressencourages
states to increase seat-belt enforcement. The program would give states three years to enact a primary seat-belt law or
reach a rate of usage of at least 90 percent. Failure to do one or the other
would result in a loss of up to 4 percent of federal highway funds to the
one of about 30 states without a primary seat-belt law.