January 23, 2008
(AP) Legislation to allow police to stop and ticket drivers for not wearing a seat belt passed the Virginia Senate on Wednesday.
Under current law, you can get a ticket only if police stop you for another violation and see you aren't buckled. Senator Patricia Ticer's bill would allow police to stop a driver if anyone in the front seat isn't wearing a seat belt.
The bill passed on a 22-18 vote. Similar bills have died in the past in a House committee. Ticer said enacting the law would save Virginia approximately 71 lives, 1,075 serious injuries and $236 million in costs annually.
Traffic deaths in Virginia last year exceeded 1,000 for the first time since 1990.