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New Hampshire debates seat belt bill

February 7, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A mandatory seat belt bill is reviving familiar debates about safety versus personal freedom in New Hampshire.

While current state law requires those under 18 to wear seat belts, New Hampshire is the only state that doesn’t make adults buckle up. Lawmakers have repeatedly rejected joining other states, but The Concord Monitor reports that Rep. Mary Jane Mulligan, a Democrat, is trying again this year with a new a bill.

At a public hearing Tuesday, opponents argued that a mandatory seat belt law would infringe on their personal freedoms.

Democratic Rep. Tim Horrigan of Durham, a co-sponsor, said critics are misapplying the state’s “Live Free or Die” motto, and in this case, it’s “Live Free and Die.”


Information from: Concord Monitor, http://www.concordmonitor.com

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