Seat belt fine bill fails in Tennessee House committee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal to increase the fine for not wearing a seat belt has failed this session.
   
Members of the House Transportation Committee voted 11-2 on Tuesday to defeat the measure. Earlier in the day, the companion bill passed the Senate Finance Committee 6-4.
   
Currently the penalty for not wearing a seat belt is $10. The legislation would have bumped the fine to $50.
   
Sponsors say the measure is simply to encourage people to buckle up.
   
But critics say individuals shouldn't be penalized for choosing not to wear a seat belt.

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