ND House Narrowly Defeats Primary Seat Belt Enforcement

Rep. Bob Paulson (R - District 3) asks for the defeat of Senate Bill 2121, which would have required primary enforcement of North Dakota's seat belt law. (Photo via screenshot.)

Senator Brad Bekkedahl’s (R – District 1) attempt to make North Dakota a primary enforcer of its seat belt law has been thwarted. Yesterday, the House narrowly defeated Senate Bill 2121 on a 45 – 49 vote.

Oddly enough, there was very little discussion on the bill. Rep. Bob Paulson (R – District 3) did a stellar job of explaining the legislation and why it should be defeated. Rep. Jared Hagert (R – District 20) was the only one to ask for green votes. Yet, he made no real effort to counter the solid arguments of Paulson.

Had the bill passed, it would have meant that ALL occupants — regardless of age — would have been required to have their seat belts on. Failure to comply could have resulted in law enforcement having the ability to pull you over for that reason alone and fine you.

This wasn’t the first time the bill has been proposed. The House killed it during the 2019 session on a vote of 38-54. As you can tell, we’re inching ever closer to it one day being passed. Which is another example of why it’s so important for those who love liberty to get involved and run for office. We need a more limited government legislature.

I guarantee this won’t be the last time we see the do-gooders come out in an effort to further empower the Nanny State.



  1. https://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/67-2021/bill-index/bi2121.html
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