By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, WY – A bill advancing in the legislature would raise fines for not wearing a seatbelt. The State Senate has agreed to increase the fine from 25 to 75 dollars. Wyoming traditionally has low numbers of people who wear seatbelts, and people studying workplace safety say that is a major reason why so many Wyomingites die on the job. Casper Senator Charles Scott says he believes that the higher fine would make a difference: "If you are going to get serious about doing something about workplace fatalities, you are going to have to improve the rate at which people wear seatbelts. The testimony we had was that the 25 dollar fine was not enough to get people's attention and the 75 dollar fine was. And that would be make a big difference in seatbelt compliance."
Scott says he believes the bill would also reduce the fatality rate on Wyoming highways. The bill now goes to the Wyoming House.