For the second time in two years, Florida's House of Representatives has passed a bill that would allow police to pull you over just because you're not wearing a seatbelt. But Senate leaders are threatening to block the primary enforcement bill again this year.
Which infuriates sponsor Irv Slosberg. “I guess they forget that we're here to protect the public safety. Let's have a vote on it. Let's find out how the senators feel.”
Slosberg made primary enforcement a personal crusade after his daughter Dori was killed in a car crash.
He says Senate President Jim King is blocking the bill because he doesn't wear seatbelts.
Today King admitted sometimes, he doesn't. “I will admit that there are some cars, particularly small cars, that don't fit me. I'll be honest."
But the powerful Senate president says his real concern is that a primary enforcement law would lead to racial profiling, where police use seatbelts as an excuse to pull over minorities. Jeb Bush, a seatbelt supporter, doesn't buy it. “We're talking about safety, not about profiling,” said Bush. Florida stands to get millions of additional federal dollars if primary enforcement becomes law. The governor hopes the senate will finally make it happen this year. Representative Slosberg says he will take his primary enforcement bill directly to voters if it fails again this spring.
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