Failure to Wear a Seat Belt May Become Primary Offense

Drivers in West Virginia soon may be pulled over for not wearing a seat belt. A bill before West Virginia lawmakers now would make it a primary offense if you're not buckled up, meaning an officer could see the lack of a seat belt and pull you over. Right now, the officer would have to pull you over for something else first, and then cite you for not wearing a seat belt. This week the new seat belt bill passed the House Judiciary Committee on a 13-11 vote. West Virginia is one of 16 states where seat belt violations are not a primary offense.