General Assembly to vote on stricter seatbelt law

Providence, RI – The State General Assembly is set to vote on a stronger seat belt law for Rhode Island drivers. The proposal would allow police to pull over and ticket unbuckled drivers. Current law allows police to ticket drivers who are transporting unbelted children, but adult motorists can only be ticketed for not wearing a seat belt if they have already been pulled over for another violation like speeding.

Supporters say the new law would save about four more lives every year and prevent many more traffic injuries. Opponents, however, say the state can't force people to use common sense through legislation.

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