Final Push for Seatbelt Bill

1 decade 1 year 7 months ago Tuesday, March 06 2007 Mar 6, 2007 Tuesday, March 06, 2007 5:12:57 PM CST March 06, 2007 in News
It was Depue's day to convince others of her cause, and she brought along some support.

"We know that it will save lives, and our high school students are 100% committed to making sure we don't have another tragedy in our community," said Troy Garrison, Ava High School teacher.

Students and teachers from Ava High school lost a friend and classmate last year and now they're joining the fight for a primary seat belt law. ONe they say can protect themselves and their friends.

"About two years ago I was in a roll over accident, we rolled about 14 times and me and the driver had our seat belt on, the other passenger got thrown from the vehicle," said Michael Williams, Ava student.

But now the bill has a new twist started by one representative. With the amendment proposed Tuesday, police departments that have had a history of racial profiling will not be allowed to pull over drivers simply for not wearing their seat belt. Depue says that Missouri is not a state known for racial profiling and that it shouldn't be a problem.

Even with the addition Depue says there should still be support.

"There is a varying amount of support from the legislatures, but we do definitely feel that, we're optimistic that we will have the votes that we need in the house to pass this bill," Roorda said.

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