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HB 383 - Mandating Seat Belt Usage - Key Vote

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Legislation - Bill Tabled (Senate) (13-11) - (Key vote)

Title: Mandating Seat Belt Usage

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote on a motion to table a bill that requires the use of seat belts for all motor vehicle operators and passengers.

Highlights:
-Bans persons from driving a motor vehicle unless a seat belt is being used (Sec. 1). -Bans persons from driving a motor vehicle while carrying passengers less than 18 years of age who are not wearing a seat belt or passengers less than six years of age who are not wearing a child restraint system (Secs. 2-3). -Exempts the mandatory usage of a seat belt in certain circumstances, including in motor vehicles regularly used to transport passengers for hire, in a school bus weighing more than 10,000 pounds, and for persons with a physical or mental condition which prevents appropriate restraint by a safety belt (Sec. 6).
Note:

NOTE: A LEGISLATOR MAY MOVE TO TABLE ANY PENDING LEGISLATION, THUS HALTING FURTHER CONSIDERATION. A "YEA" VOTE IS IN SUPPORT OF HALTING FURTHER CONSIDERATION, AND A "NAY" VOTE IS IN SUPPORT OF FURTHER CONSIDERATION. TABLING MOTIONS ARE OFTEN USED TO KILL LEGISLATION.

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (197-155) - (Key vote)

Title: Mandating Seat Belt Usage

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires all drivers and passengers to wear a seat belt beginning 60 days after the enactment of the bill, and classifies the violation as a primary offense, meaning law enforcement is not required to detain a driver or passenger for a separate violation before issuing a seat belt citation.

Highlights:
- Establishes a fine of $50 for the first offense, and $100 for a second or subsequent offense (Sec. 2). - Exempts the following from the mandatory seat belt law (Sec. 2):
    - Passengers in motor vehicles regularly used to transport passengers for hire; - Passengers in school buses weighing more than 10,000 lbs; - Passengers in school buses weighing less than 10,000 lbs that was manufactured without seat belts; - Passengers in school buses for whom there is an individualized education plan that prohibits seat belt use; - Drivers and Passengers in motor vehicles manufactured before 1968; - Drivers and Passengers in antique motor vehicles; - Drivers and Passengers in motor vehicles being operated in a parade authorized by law or ordinance, provided that vehicle is traveling at a speed of no more than 10 miles per hour; - Drivers of motor vehicles that make frequent stops in the course of the driver's business; and - Drivers and Passengers that have a physical or mental condition that prevents appropriate restraint by a seat belt, as determined by a licensed physician or advanced registered nurse practitioner.
- Specifies that a violation shall not be used as evidence of contributory negligence in a civil suit (Sec. 2).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Mandating Seat Belt Usage

Sponsors

  • Sara 'Sally' Kelly (NH - D) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Peter F. Bergin (NH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jennifer M. Brown (NH - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Martha Fuller Clark (NH - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Paul H. Ingersoll Sr. (NH - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Harold Janeway (NH - D) (Out Of Office)
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