Seat belt laws keeping Utah from getting federal money

Seat belt laws keeping Utah from getting federal money

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(KSL News) The state of Utah is missing out on more than $1 million in federal funds because of our seat belt laws.

A federal transportation-funding law passed in 2005 would give the state $1.2 in highway funds if a law requiring seat belts for all adults is passed.

Utah lawmakers have resisted doing that because they say it violates a person's rights.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that currently the state allows adults to be cited for not wearing seat belts but only if they are pulled over for another infraction.

The law required for the money would make not wearing a seat belt a primary offense.

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