Legislator Says New Seat Belt Offensive Being Unleashed

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Rep. Irv Slosberg says he has received commitments from more than one-thousand officers and most of the sheriffs in Florida to help gather signatures for a constitutional amendment on seat belts.

The petition drive must gather more than 488,000 signatures to get on the ballot. He hopes to put the question to voters in November 2004.

Slosberg wants to make seat belt usage a primary offense. That means police could pull you over if they spotted you not wearing a seat belt.

Currently, police can only ticket you for not using a seat belt usage if they pull you over for another reason and notice you're unbuckled.