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Seat-belt-fine limit clears Arkansas Senate 29-0

by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | January 19, 2017 at 5:44 a.m.

The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to limit fines for violations of the mandatory seat-belt law to $25.

In a 29-0 vote, the Senate sent Senate Bill 102 by Sen. Terry Rice, R-Waldron, to the House for further consideration.

Rice told senators that the Legislature originally intended to limit fines for seat-belt violations to $25, but judges have been allowed to levy additional fines beyond $25 under state law.

People who fail to pay their fines for seat-belt violations on time still can be assessed a late fee under his bill, Rice said.

-- Michael R. Wickline

A Section on 01/19/2017


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