Council Votes No on Primary Seat Belt Ordinance
Council Opens Debate on Local Seat Belt Law
A city councilman Monday night spoke out against enacting a local primary seat belt law in Washington, saying cell phones pose more of a threat to drivers.
Councilman Walt Meyer opposed the suggestion to adopt a local ordinance of the law during the administration/operations committee meeting.
He also spoke against the proposed local ordinance during Monday morning’s meeting of the Washington Area Highway Transportation Committee which last recommended the council pass such a regulation.
While committee members agreed that cell phone use while driving is a safety issue, they did not retract their endorsement of adopting a primary seat belt law.
Meyer, along with Jeff Mohesky, voted against forwarding the issue onto the next council meeting for final action.
Carolyn Witt, Tim Brinker, Joe Holtmeier, Mark Hidritch and Steve Sullentrup voted in favor of discussing the issue at the Aug. 1 meeting. Connie Groff was absent.
Missouri currently has a secondary seat belt law, meaning that a police officer can issue citations for not wearing seat belts only when a vehicle is stopped for another violation. The fine is $10 and no court costs are assessed.
A primary law, however, would allow officers to issue tickets if they observe a driver or occupants of a vehicle not wearing seat belts.
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