Nebraska lawmaker proposes stricter seat belt safety law

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska law enforcement could pull over drivers who are not wearing their seat belts under a measure proposed in the Legislature.

Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha introduced a bill Wednesday that would change not wearing a seat belt from a secondary to a primary offense.

Current Nebraska law allows police to ticket drivers who aren’t buckled up, but only if they have first been pulled over for another infraction. The law applies to front seat drivers and young children.

Krist’s bill would expand the seat belt requirement to every occupant in the vehicle.

Former Sen. John Harms of Scottsbluff sponsored a similar measure that died during debate in 2014.

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