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Feds offer Wisconsin $15M to change seat belt law

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The federal government is offering Wisconsin a multimillion dollar incentive to change its seat belt enforcement law.

  The state now allows police to ticket drivers for not wearing seat belts only if they've been pulled over for another offense.

  The federal government wants the state to change the law by July 1 to allow police to pull over drivers just for failing to wear seat belts.

  If the state complies, the federal government will give it a one-time incentive of about $15 million and possibly up to $20 million.

  But former police officer and state Rep. Leon Young of Milwaukee says there's concern police would use the change to target minorities.

  All Wisconsin's neighboring states, except Minnesota, allow police to stop drivers for not wearing seat belts.

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