Highway safety laws die in subcommittee
A House subcommittee has shut down a handful of new restrictions on how Virginia drivers behave behind the wheel. Charles Fishburne reports
The bills would have cracked down on cell phones, texting, open alcohol containers and seat belt violations.
Curen: We're astounded that, once again, lawmakers are continuing to vote against saving lives.
Windy Van Curen, AAA.
Curen: Year after year, the Militia and Police subcommittee have killed a primary seat belt bill here in Virginia, and this reduces chances of saving lives every year that this is neglected to be passed.
The tougher seat belt law would have made failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense, meaning police could stop you and cite you for that alone. Subcommittee Chairman Ben Cline of Rockbridge County says of that, and other measures his committee voted down yesterday, where will it stop? He says the General Assembly needs to strike a balance and, as he put it, you can go only so far to criminalize stupid behavior.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News