Republican lawmaker wants to limit seat belt enforcementby Tim Pugmire, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — A state legislator says he wants to stop police from using seat belt enforcement as a moneymaking enterprise.
Sen. Michael Jungbauer, R-East Bethel, proposed a bill Friday to adjust the year-old primary seat belt law. His measure would prohibit officers from conducting stings or saturation enforcement for the sole purpose of issuing seat belt tickets.
Jungbauer says many of his constituents have been complaining.
"We're coming up to a time again in history where the general public is getting suspicious of public safety. They don't trust them. They think they're all out to do creative revenue generation," said Jungbauer. "With this bill, I'm really telling them to tone down that kind of stuff. Go out and get real public safety issues. Serve the public in the best way you can with the limited dollars you have, and let's regain that trust."
Jungbauer says chairman of the Senate transportation committee has already promised him a hearing for the bill.