Seat belt bill dies

A Nevada bill that would have allowed police to stop any driver they believe isn't wearing a seat belt has died in the Assembly Transportation Committee.

Seat belts are required in Nevada, but existing law prohibits police from stopping a driver for no reason other than a suspicion that the driver isn't belted.

Critics of the bill say that it interferes with personal liberty and may encourage racial profiling. They also say that existing law is enough.

In Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel's words, "Somehow or other, we're not communicating to our kids that a law is a law. And it troubles me that we need to have a law that says, 'No, we really mean it's a law."'


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