MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont House of Representatives has approved a bill that would toughen the state’s current seatbelt law.

The bill received final approval Friday. It will now be considered by the Senate.

Vermont Public Radio reports the measure would allow police to stop a vehicle if they see a driver or passenger riding without wearing a seatbelt. Current law only allows for ticket citations after a driver is stopped for a different traffic offense.

Lawmakers in the House have urged the Legislature to support the bill. Proponents say the measure could save lives and reduce medical costs by millions.

Rep. Brian Cina, a Progressive, supports the bill but worries it could negatively impact “people of color and immigrants.” Cina says police may target those groups even more.


Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net