Va. Senate passes bill strengthening seat-belt law; measure heads to the House of Delegates
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Senate has passed a bill to allow police to pull over and ticket drivers for not wearing a seat belt.
The bill passed 24 to 16 Wednesday and heads to the House of Delegates, where similar efforts have died in past years.
Currently, police can only issue tickets for not wearing seat belts if the driver is pulled over for some other traffic violation. This bill would allow a ticket for anyone in the front seat not wearing a seat belt.
Another bill also passed the Senate. Republican Sen. Thomas Norment (James City) proposed a less-strict measure, something he dubbed the "dumb driver bill." It would allow police to ticket those stopped at traffic safety checkpoints who are not wearing a seat belt.
Norment's proposal passed on a 26 to 14 vote.
-- Associated Press
- Here's a recent Washington Post editorial on attempts to strengthen the seat-belt law in Virginia.
- Here's a link to a compilation by the Governors Highway Safety Association that shows what the seat-belt laws are across the country. In the District and Maryland, not wearing a seat belt is a primary offense. In Maryland, the fine is $25 for a first offense, according to the GHSA. In the District, it's $50.
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January 28, 2010; 10:22 AM ET
Categories: Advisories , Transportation Politics , highways
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