House kills seat belt bill |

House kills seat belt bill

DENVER – The House on Wednesday killed a bill that would have allowed police to pull over and ticket drivers for not wearing a seat belt.Sponsor Rep. Fran Coleman, D-Denver, said the bill would have helped save as many as 51 lives a year.Opponents said the law could have been misused by authorities to pull over drivers because of their race, and that driving without a seat belt on is already illegal.The bill would have increased the fine for not using a seat belt by $10 to $25 for an adult. Drivers with child passengers who were not buckled up could have been fined $75.Currently, drivers can be ticketed for seat belt violations only if they are pulled over for another offense.

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