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Bill would raise adults’ seatbelt fines

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Adults caught in a car without their seatbelts on in Idaho could see their costs rise five-fold. Rep. Rich Wills, a Glenns Ferry Republican, introduced a bill Thursday to add court costs of $41.50 to the existing $10 fine levied on adults who don't buckle up. Juveniles caught without seatbelts already pay $51.50, including the court costs. Wills says it's only fair for adults to pay the same as those under 18, who have traditionally had to pay more for educational purposes: Lawmakers thought it would help teach them proper safety habits. Of $750,000 in new revenue, Wills would direct nearly $500,000 to the Idaho Catastrophic Health Care Fund. It covers medical care for indigent residents but runs perpetual deficits. The rest would go to courts and a highway safety fund.

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