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State Senators block seat belt fine increase

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Senate on Monday voted 25-21 against a bill to raise the fine for not wearing seat belts from $20 to $50.

Several senators said the measure was punitive and did nothing to improve safety.

"I have a lot of people out there just trying to make a cornbread living, as we say back home ... and this bill gets pretty deep into their pocket," said Sen. Jeff Rabon, D-Hugo.

Sen. Earl Garrison, D-Muskogee, said the Oklahoma Municipal League requested the measure because the current $20 fine did not cover court costs.

Sen. Jim Wilson, D-Tahlequah, said he did not want to put another burden on citizens, but accidents causing death or serious injury invariably involve people who are not wearing seat belts.
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