The Governor could renew efforts to pass a primary enforcement law for seatbelts in Wisconsin.
Enacting such a law in Wisconsin could allow the state to capture nearly $20 million in federal transportation funding, which could bring a big boost to the state when it faces down a tough budget next year.
Governor Jim Doyle isn't committing to the idea of putting the measure in his next budget, but he says such a law just makes sense anyway. Wisconsin law already requires drivers to buckle up, but police can't pull you over for not wearing your seatbelt.
Doyle admits there are some concerns that come with primary enforcement, such as big government telling people what to do. However, he believes those can be addressed in any law the Legislature would take up.
Previous efforts to pass such a law in Wisconsin have failed.