Vote Likely on Seat Belt Bill
Lawmakers are expected to vote today on whether officers can pull over drivers for not wearing a seat belt. West Virginia's House of Delegates will vote on whether to make failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense, meaning a police officer would not have to pull over a driver for another offense like having a tail light out, before writing the ticket. The measure has been idle since the House Judiciary Committee endorsed it March 12. West Virginia is among 16 states that currently treat failure to wear a seat belt as a secondary offense.