State senator to take up seat belt law

Casper, Wyo. – Sen. Charles Scott, R-Casper, is following through with an earlier promise to bring a bill to raise the fines for not wearing seat belts in Wyoming.

Scott says he'll first seek a few more sponsors for the proposed bill from within the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee, which the state senator chairs.

A state task force said earlier this month that insufficient penalties and a culture of independence are the major reasons Wyoming has the nation's highest rate of workplace fatalities.

A 2008 survey also ranked Wyoming last in the nation for seat belt use, and figures show that more than half of all people killed in traffic crashes in Wyoming during the year before the survey weren't wearing seat belts.