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Proposal to double seatbelt fine passes Louisiana House

9 months 1 week 2 hours ago April 14, 2016 Apr 14, 2016 Thursday, April 14 2016 April 14, 2016 3:38 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana House has backed a proposal to double fines against people caught not wearing seatbelts.
    
Rep. Walt Leger, a New Orleans Democrat, says his bill to increase the fine from $25 to $50 will generate more money for the state and save lives. Drivers would pay $75 each additional time.
    
The House passed the bill to raise the fine Wednesday in a 62-34 vote. The proposal now moves to the Senate for a committee hearing.
    
Leger says the number one factor in increasing seatbelt usage is raising fines. At $50, Louisiana will still rank among states with the lowest penalties, he says.
    
Rep. Barry Ivey, a Baton Rouge Republican, supported the bill and said he'd like to see a higher fine.

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