Tennessee seat belt fine fails in Legislature
Apr 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM
NASHVILLE — A proposal to increase the fine for not wearing a seat belt has failed this session.
Members of the House Transportation Committee voted 11-2 on Tuesday to defeat the measure. Earlier in the day, the companion bill passed the Senate Finance Committee 6-4.
Currently the penalty for not wearing a seat belt is $10. The legislation would have bumped the fine to $50.
Sponsors say the measure is simply to encourage people to buckle up.
But critics say individuals shouldn't be penalized for choosing not to wear a seat belt.