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Fear of police power is one reason tighter seat belt laws have not been passed in Nebraska

Posted: 9:12 PM, Nov 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-16 03:12:00Z

In September, State Senator Curt Friesen says his biggest concern with making not wearing a seat belt a primary offense in Nebraksa was because of his fears that police may mis-use their power. 

"Officers tend to profile, and so it's easy to drive along and you see somebody and say 'oh I didn't see you had you're seat-belt on.' And if it's a primary offense they pull them over and then they can ask to search the car," says Friesen.

Some numbers back up what Friesen is saying. The Nebraska Crime Commission shows that African-Americans are 80 percent more likely to be pulled over by police than white people. 

But other numbers show that police traffic stops are the lowest in 10 years. 

Numbers from the federal government say 59 percent of Nebraskans killed in vehicle crashes were not wearing a seat belt. 

The state is one of 15 states that do not have wearing a seat belt as a primary offense. 

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