Bill to Cap Seatbelt Fines Shot Down in Committee Hearing

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- - A pair of Arkansas lawmakers said they want to limit the fine for driving without a seatbelt. 

Under the proposal, the most you could be forced to pay is...a whopping $30. The bill was shot down by lawmakers who said the threat of fines increases safety on the roads and that the money collected helps fund court systems.

During the committee hearing on Tuesday morning, the bill's co-sponsor, Rep. Bob Ballinger, argued that fines for seatbelt violations including costs can reach up to $150. Ballinger proposed a cap at $30 but opponents pointed to statistics showing fatal crashes among teens are down since the seatbelt law was passed in Arkansas.

When it came down to a vote, the nays had it; There will remain no cap on the fine for seatbelt violations.



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