Regional
11:53 am
Wed January 18, 2006

Seat Belt Legislation Progressing

Frankfort, KY – State lawmakers are getting serious about making sure drivers buckle up. Support of a law making it mandatory to wear a seat belt appears to be gaining steam in the general assembly.
Police aren't allowed to ticket drivers for not being belted in unless they're stopped for something else. That could change if two bills filed for the 2006 general assembly are adopted.
The measures will make it legal for law enforcement officers to stop motorists just for not buckling up.
Democratic representative Charlie Hoffman has proposed one of the measures, saying this will be the year the legislature passes a tougher law. Hoffman says the two bills will likely be combined into one.