Should police officers be able to pull over drivers for not wearing a seat belt? Utahns stand divided on the issue.
A new UtahPolicy.com survey finds 50% say they would favor making not wearing a seat belt a primary offense while 48% say they are opposed.
Interestingly, the number who "strongly support" and "strongly oppose" a primary seatbelt law are identical at 33%.
52% of Republicans and 56% of Democrats say they would support a primary seat belt law. 54% of independent voters say they would oppose making not using a seat belt a primary offense.
Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, is sponsoring HB79, which makes the failure to wear a seatbelt a primary offense. However, his bill gives drivers a warning before they are given a ticket.
Currently, Utah law says police can stop drivers under the age of 19 for not wearing a seat belt. Motorists over the age of 19 can only be cited for not wearing a seat belt if they are stopped for some other offense.
Perry, a Utah Highway Patrol employee, says 82% of Utahns wear seat belts while driving.
The survey, conducted by Dan Jones and Associates, took place February 2-9, 2015 among 606 registered voters. It has a margin of error of +/-3.98%.