Bill would require seat belts in 15-passenger vans

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Vans that carry 15 or fewer passengers would be required to have seat belts under a Senate measure that has passed the Kentucky House.

The bill is intended to strengthen Kentucky's seat-belt laws two years after an Interstate 65 crash that claimed the lives of 11 people in a 15-passenger van.

Rep. Hubert Collins, a Wittensville Democrat, proposed the bill in the House. It would change the current law, which applies only to vans that carry 10 or fewer passengers. It passed the House Tuesday by a vote of 61-33.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Ernie Harris of Crestwood, passed the Senate 31-5 early in the session.

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