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Seat belt fine too low in Wisconsin? Lawmaker asking the question

MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Buckle up or pay up even more.  That's what a lawmaker from Appleton wants Wisconsin to consider.  She says the $10 fine may not be enough.

She pointed to states like Washington where the fine for not wearing your seat belt is more than $100.

The Wisconsin State Patrol says it does pull people over and fine them for not wearing their seat belt, but Lt. Jeff Lorentz says it's not about the money, it's about education and responsibility.  "You hear police officers often say that they have never unbuckled a dead person and that's a pretty true statement out there, but have we gone to crashes where people have been ejected and have deceased?  Way too often does that happen," said Lt. Lorentz.

The Wisconsin State Patrol gives about 100,000 seat belt tickets each year, second only to speeding.

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