The NTSB released its most wanted list as an initiative directed towards states. The items on this list are the top priority for laws it wants to see all states enact. I am willing to bet we see a couple of these show up as bills in the legislature.
Most likely candidates:
- Upgrade Seat Belt Violations To Primary Offenses
Currently, not wearing a seatbelt is a secondary offense in South Dakota. The NTSB wants this to be a primary offense. Last year SB 103 proposed this, but was killed in committee.
- Require Booster Seats For Childen Up To Age 8
South Dakota currently requires booster seats for children up to age 5 or under under 40 pounds The NTSBs wants to raise those data points to age 8 or under 80 pounds. In 2007, Rounds vetoed similar legislation. The NTSB has since criticized SD for that veto.
- Require Helmet Use For All Motorcycle Riders
South Dakota currently requires helmet use by any riders under 18. Ok, this one gets to me personally – both as a small government kind of guy, as well as an avid motorcyclist. If you talk to bikers in SD about this type of law you will typically hear something like, “It will never happen. Not with Sturgis.” With the NTSB making this type of state legislation a priority, maybe we will see this come up as a bill this year. I will certainly be watching for it. However, with the Sturgis rally generating $13-15M in taxable sales for the state, I am not sure how much traction it would get.