Nevada official wants tougher seat belt law
Under existing law an officer can only cite a driver for a seat belt violation if stopped for another infraction. (The Trucker file photo)
The Associated Press
CARSON CITY, Nev. — The director of the Nevada Department of Transportation says one way to curb traffic deaths is to enact a tougher seat belt law.
NDOT director Rudy Malfabon presented statistics to the state Board of Transportation on Monday showing that 88 people have been killed in traffic accidents in Clark County this year, an increase of 54.4 percent over last year. There have been 37 pedestrian deaths in the county, up 37 percent from the same time of a year ago.
Statewide, the number of traffic deaths was 229 as of Nov. 27, up 20 from last year at the same time.
In Washoe County, the other metropolitan area in the state, there have been 26 traffic fatalities, the same as last year at this time.
Malfabon told the state Board of Transportation on Monday that the agency will ask the 2013 Legislature to enact a primary seat belt law allowing police to pull over a driver for not wearing a safety belt.
Under existing law an officer can only cite a driver for a seat belt violation if stopped for another infraction.
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