Making Seatbelts Mandatory in ND

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BISMARCK, N.D. - For the second time this session, the Senate transportation committee listened to arguments for and against making the seatbelts mandatory in North Dakota.

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Sen. Curt Kruen, R-Grand Forks is heading the bill that would make the not wearing a seatbelt a primary offense, meaning law enforcement would be able to pull a person over.

Kreun says not wearing a seatbelt has a snowball financial effect that cost the state money.

"You go on to your savings, you sell your house, you lose your house. Then we wind up helping these people with programs through the state. That winds up costing us millions of dollars for helping somebody that probably wouldn't have been injured if they'd been wearing their seatbelt," said Kruen.

Committee Chair Sen. David Rust says they didn't take any action on the bill because there's been so much testimony.