Columbus- Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced Senate Bill 302, legislation to allow law enforcement to pull over a vehicle if it is evident that children are not restrained. The legislation follows a recent fatal traffic accident in Columbiana County where two adults and four of the seven children who were in the car were not wearing seatbelts. 
“While we cannot prevent all fatal automobile accidents, I think we can make some sensible changes to help prevent future tragedies similar to what we saw earlier this year,” Sen. Schiavoni said.  “I’ve worked with the Ohio Highway Patrol, the Prosecutor’s Association and others with expertise in traffic laws to draft a bill that I hope can help save children’s lives.”
In current law, the enforcement of a child 15 years and younger who is unrestrained is a secondary offense, and law enforcement is unable to pull a vehicle over without a primary offense violation.  Establishing the requirement for children to be restrained as a primary offense would allow for increased protection in the event of an accident. 
Senator Schiavoni will request hearings on the bill in the coming weeks.

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