Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 10, 2013 @ 6:00PM
Created on April 10, 2013 @ 12:43PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia police will soon be able to pull drivers over for not wearing a seat belt, after the state Senate passed a stricter seat belt law.
Seat belt use is already mandatory. But the new law makes it a primary offense, meaning a driver would not have to be stopped for another violation first.
The bill passed the Senate on a 24-10 vote Wednesday after contentious debate in the House and narrow passage two weeks ago.
The fine for failing to wear a seat belt would be $25, with no court costs or points on a driver's license.
The state police and other supporters say the bill will increase seat belt use and save lives.
Opponents have said seat belt use is a matter of personal responsibility and freedom.
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Apr 11, 2013 at 12:53 AM
More "nanny state" politics and government intrusion into the personal lives of the citizenry. No matter how much they cry this will save lives, the fact of the matter it won't, in fact I'd be willing to bet the people who don't where seat belts now won't wear them then. And another thing, what are the chances that once pulled over for a seat belt violation won't find something else to ticket you for? I know, where I live the county will use this to their advantage in order to rake in as much money as they can, for goodness sake they already have it set in the county seat so that the speed limit goes from 55mph outside the city limits to 25mph with no warning, and the sheriffs deputies, and city police set right on the line pulling people over. As I said this new law will just be another way to fulfill greed and won't do anything for safety.