Senate Transportation Committee passed a bill April 7 that would permit
police to pull over drivers who are not buckled up.
police can issue seat-belt citations to drivers older than age 17 only
after stopping a vehicle for another traffic violation.
such violations are a primary offense for anyone 17 and younger who is
proposal, sponsored by Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, drivers found in
violation would be fined $20, up from the current $10 fine. No points would
be assessed against the driver’s license.
into law, the regulation would put the state in line for additional funding
from the federal government.
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.
to do one or the other would result in a loss of up to 4 percent of federal
highway funds to the state. In Tennessee, that would mean $15 million, The
now heads to the Senate Finance Committee.