West Virginia Vote on Seat Belt Law Due Today

March 28, 2013

West Virginia’s House of Delegates is back on track to vote on whether to allow traffic stops for failure to wear a seat belt.

Legislation making that violation a primary offense has idled since the House Judiciary Committee endorsed it March 12.

The bill had advanced on a narrow 13-11 vote. Opponents argue seat belt use is a matter of personal responsibility. Supporters estimate it would boost seat belt use by up to 7 percent.

The House Rules Committee returned the bill to the active schedule on Monday. It’s up for a vote on Thursday.

West Virginia is among 16 states that treat failure to wear a seat belt as a secondary offense. That means drivers can be cited only when they’re pulled over for some other violation.

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