Lawmakers vote to increase fines for not wearing seatbelts
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to boost the fines against people caught not wearing seatbelts in a vehicle.
The bill by Rep. Walt Leger, a New Orleans Democrat, would increase the fine for a first offense from $25 to $50. Violators would pay $75 each additional time.
Supporters said they hoped the fine hike would encourage people to buckle up.
The Senate gave final passage to the bill with a 22-14 vote Wednesday. The House earlier had supported it in a 62-34 vote. The proposal now goes to the governor's desk.