West Virginia Seatbelt Bill Squeaks by House Committee

March 14, 2013

seatbeltA West Virginia bill that would make failure to wear a seatbelt 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 seatbelt. Currently, a driver can only be cited for not wearing a seatbelt 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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