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Forsyth Seat Belt Ordinance Dies Due to Lack of Second

By: Sam Clanton
Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2013

A proposal to make seat belt violations a primary offense in the City of Forsyth appears to be going away. Aldermen did not vote on the ordinance Monday night as a motion to approve died due to lack of a second.

Mayor Mike Chipman says Forsyth citizens who supported the ordinance were outnumbered by those who didn’t like the plan, which would have allowed police to pull over drivers who weren’t wearing their seat belts:


Seat belt violations remain a secondary offense in Forsyth. Drivers who are pulled over for traffic violations can be fined 10-dollars if they aren’t wearing a seat belt.

Aldermen did approve an increased fine for illegal parking in handicap zones. The fine jumps from 25-dollars to between 50 and 300 dollars.

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