State Representative Bob Godshall has introduced a bill to allow police to pull over people who are not wearing a seat belt. Currently you can only be cited if you are breaking another law like speeding.
"This is also a safety issue that you don't have to wear it if you don't want to. We're not taking a way all of your rights," Rep. Godshall (R) of Montgomery County said.
"Local law enforcement is tasked to enforce everything from potential terrorist activity to parking enforcement," he said.
Chief Hiester finds irony in the new safety bill, being proposed in a legislature that just a few years ago repealed a mandatory helmet law.
"The motorcyclists are not required to wear a helmets and yet people driving in cars with 10's of thousand of dollars worth of engineering science wrapped around them are required to wear seat belts," Chief Hiester said.
Rep. Godshall says they are two totally different issues.
"It's a little bit different from kids being (teenagers) in a car going out for a joy ride," he said.
If the bill is signed into law by June 30th, the state stands to get between 6 to 8 million dollars in safety incentive grants. The money would have to be used for highway projects.