Sound Off for September 15th: Does Idaho need tougher seat belt laws?
ATHOL, Idaho– — Idaho State Police say they believe a wrong-way driver who crashed into a Washington family, killing a man and two young children, had been drinking before the collision.
Troopers say they will recommend 27-year-old Ryan Turner face three counts of vehicular manslaughter for the Saturday crash.
33-year-old Mathew-Michael Baroni and his two children, 8-year-old Madilyn and 6-year-old Molly, died on the scene. The three were not wearing seat belts. Troopers say they feel strongly that the children would have survived had they been belted in.
In Idaho, law enforcement can’t pull you over for not wearing your seat belt, unless you’re under 18. Even if you are pulled over, it’s only a ten dollar ticket. A ticket for not wearing a seat belt in Washington is $136 dollars. And a law enforcement officer can issue a citation solely for a safety restraint violation, but there must be another violation leading to the traffic stop.
Do you think Idaho needs tougher seat belt laws?
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