seat belts http://michiganradio.org en Michigan drivers with no child safety seat may pay up http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-drivers-no-child-safety-seat-may-pay <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan drivers may no longer be let off the hook if child passengers aren't in a safety seat.</p><p>Violators now can avoid up to $103 in fines and court costs if they buy a child safety seat before the court appearance date on their citation.</p><p>But under a bill passed 35-1 by the state Senate on Wednesday, judges would no longer be required to waive the court penalties. Supporters say repeat offenders aren't buying car seats in good faith.</p><p>The legislation specifically addresses violators of a requirement to secure children under age 4 in a safety seat. Michigan also requires children under age 8 to be in a booster seat.</p><p>The bill was sent to the House for its consideration. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:10:00 +0000 The Associated Press 11321 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan drivers with no child safety seat may pay up State officials remind motorists, 'Wear seat belts,' after L. Brooks doesn't http://michiganradio.org/post/state-officials-remind-motorists-wear-seat-belts-after-l-brooks-doesnt <p align="LEFT">Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson was in the front seat and not wearing a seat belt -- in violation of state law -- when his car was struck by another driver on Friday.</p><p align="LEFT">Patterson sustained a broken femur and&nbsp;two broken wrists.</p><p align="LEFT">Patterson&#39;s driver was also not wearing a seat belt - nor was the driver of the Volkswagon Passat that struck Patterson&#39;s car.</p><p align="LEFT">Anne Readett is a spokeswoman for the state Office of Highway Safety Planning.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:10:11 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8676 at http://michiganradio.org