GA Seat Belt Holdout

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) The Georgia Senate is trying again to make adults
in pickup trucks buckle up, but so far the House has bucked the
attempt.

The chamber on Friday tacked the seat belt mandate on a bill
dealing with learning permits for the disabled.

But House leaders said it was unlikely they would bring that
plan up for debate.

Georgia is the only state to exempt adults in pickups from
wearing seat belts.

Supporters say the change could prevent dozens of deaths and
hundreds of injuries annually while helping the state save an
estimated $62 million each year. Some rural lawmakers see the rule
as unnecessary regulation.

The Senate has moved to require the seat belts for the last
three years, but it's been bottled up in the House.


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