SEAT BELT BILL WV House Judiciary Committee Passes Seat Belt Bill
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Mar. 12, 2013 5:59 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 13, 2013 8:36 AM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
A West Virginia bill that would make failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense has passed the House Judiciary Committee on a 13-11 vote.
The bill passed Tuesday would mean a driver could be pulled over for not wearing a seat belt. Currently, a driver can only be cited for not wearing a seat belt if they're pulled over for another violation first. The bill sets a $25 penalty.
Law enforcement officials from around the state have cited the importance of the bill. It's estimated to boost seat belt use by up to 7 percent. West Virginia is one of 16 states where seat belt violations are not a primary offense.
Some delegates objected to the bill citing it as an issue of personal responsibility.
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