Colorado Senate passes tougher seat belt bill
DENVER, Colorado ” A proposal to toughen Colorado’s seat belt law has cleared the Senate.
The Senate voted 20-15 on Thursday to back Senate Bill 296 and send it to the House.
Backers face a bigger challenge there. The last two attempts to change the law were killed in the House.
The bill would allow officers to pull over drivers who are suspected of not wearing seat belts and write them a $75 ticket, $10 more than the current fine.
Right now, seat belts are mandatory but authorities can only ticket people who have been pulled over for other traffic offenses and are then found not to be wearing one.
This is the last chance Colorado has to win up to $14 million in federal aid by changing its seat belt law.