WPR News
9:11 am
Mon February 4, 2008

Sheridan Republican Wants Tougher Seat Belt Law

Sheridan, Wy – Wyoming could soon force motorists to buckle up.
Wyoming law currently allows police to ticket motorists for safety belt violations, but not to stop them just for that. Sheridan Republican Rep. Jerry Iekel wants to change that with a bill he is sponsoring for the upcoming legislative session.
A recent Casper Star-Tribune poll found that 60 percent of Wyoming residents would oppose such a law.
But Casper Republican Rep. Lisa Shepperson says she opposes the seat belt bill as well. Shepperson says she's against it because most state residents oppose it, and also because buckling up comes down to personal responsibility. She says government shouldn't mandate everything a person does.