Idaho lawmakers consider teenage seat belt law

Rep. Rich Wills

Rep. Rich Wills

Idaho lawmakers are considering legislation that would make not wearing a seatbelt a primary infraction for teenage drivers.

The House Transportation Committee has voted to move ahead to debate Glenns Ferry Republican Rep. Rich Wills’s bill. Wills, a retired state police officer who now works for a county sheriff’s agency, proposed to the committee that driving without a seat belt should become a primary violation for drivers under the age of 18.

Currently, any seat belt violation in Idaho is a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement officers may issue a ticket only when there is another citable traffic infraction.

Should Wills’ measure become law, violators would be subject to a fine. However, it would not impact a driver’s record because it would not be regarded as a moving violation.  (

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