Washington, Mo city council decides to table seat belt decision

Washington, Mo city council decides to table seat belt decision

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Washington, Mo city council decides to table seat belt decision

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by Adam McDonald, KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM

(KMOV) --  The city council in Washington, Missouri voted to table the recent proposal to change an ordinance that would make not wearing a seat belt a primary violation.

The proposed law would make it legal for law enforcement officers to pull over drivers solely for not wearing a seat belt. The currently law says not wearing a seat belt is a secondary violation and police cannot pull a driver over on a secondary violation alone.

As of June 8, there have been 299 fatal crashes in the state and 64 of the accidents involved an unbuckled seat belt, according to Police Chief Ken Hahn. Hahn also says Missouri ranked in the top five for unrestrained crashes in 2012.

Hahn says between 2008 and 2013, there was one fatal crash and 11 serious crashed involving at least one driver not wearing a seat belt in Washington.

The council voted 4-3 and will keep the law unchanged for the next year.

 

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