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W.Va. seat belt bill passes House committee

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CHARLESTON, WV (WVVA)-- A bill has passed the House Judiciary Committee that would make failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense.

The legislation would mean a driver could be pulled over for not wearing a seat belt. The current law only can cite a driver for not wearing a seat belt if they are first pulled over for another violation.

The bill is estimated to increase seat belt use by up to 7 percent.

West Virginia is one of 16 states where seat belt violations are not a primary offense.

 

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