Committee to consider seat belt changes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has for years voted to adopt
changes to require adults in pickup trucks to buckle their seat
belts, but each year the measure has hit a roadblock in the House.

Yet on Tuesday a House subcommittee is set to consider the
measure - the first time in at least three years a House panel
weighs the issue.

Georgia is the only state in the nation that exempts adults in
pickups from wearing seat belts.

The stance has cost the state millions of dollars in federal highway funds.

The Senate approved the latest version of the seat belt measure
in February.

House lawmakers, worried it could negatively affect
rural residents, have made sure the changes are killed each year.

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