- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A proposal requiring everyone riding in a car to wear seatbelts has advanced to the Senate floor.

Current law in Oregon allows for vehicle passengers to forego wearing seatbelts if they’re all being used. Bill sponsor Sen. Alan Bates says the proposal removes that exception and all passengers would need to be belted in.

Bates says he brought the bill because two children sitting in the back of an SUV were killed five years ago when the driver lost control of the car. The children were ejected from the car because they weren’t wearing seatbelts, he said.

The measure would only apply to privately owned cars.

The bill passed the Senate Committee on Business and Transportation in a 3-2 vote. It now heads to the Senate.

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