Seat Belt Bill Passes Senate

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. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
50 North Main Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-9191 - Switchboard 540-433- 4028 - Fax 540-433-2700 - News Fax

WSVF Public Inspection File

Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 14117087 -