Minn. House Approves Repeal Of Primary Seat Belt Law

By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota House approved repeal of the law that allows police to stop and tag a motorist for not wearing a seat belt. Before the primary law took effect two years ago, a ticket could be issued only if the motorist was stopped for another reason.

The Department of Public Safety is strongly opposed to repeal.

“Our message to them simply is that we want you to arrive at your destination safely without being killed or hurt,” said Capt. Matt Langer of the State Patrol.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

Public reaction is mixed.

“I think the seat belt law is an intrusion into people’s personal lives,” said one Twin Cities woman.

Others are questioning the motive behind the repeal effort.

“I’m very perplexed by the matter and I don’t know why they are doing that,” said a downtown Minneapolis hotel worker.

Others see the law as important for public safety. The measure now goes to the Minnesota Senate.

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