North Dakota House Committee votes to relax seat belt requirements  (Audio)

January 29, 2021

BISMARCK, N.D.–A North Dakota House Committee has voted to recommend a bill that would repeal the requirement that drivers over the age of 18 have to buckle up.

The vote in the House Transportation Committee was 8 to 6.

Hazelton Republican Representative Jeff Magrum of Hazelton sponsored the bill. He told the committee the bill is about freedom.

North Dakota Transportation Department Safety Division Director Karin Mongeon opposed the bill.

The bill now goes to the House floor.

The state Senate has passed a bill that makes not wearing your seat belt a primary offense.