Virginia House returned a bill to the Judiciary Committee
Jan. 29 that would permit law enforcement officers to pull
over drivers for failure to wear a seat belt.
sponsor, Delegate Jody Smirl (R-Cabell County), said discussions
of HB2203 on the House floor since judiciary recommended
it earlier this month led to even broader discussions.
of amendments were likely to be offered in committee, Smirl
expected to be included would reduce the allowable blood
alcohol content from 0.10 to 0.08 for drunken drivers.
current law, officers can issue seat-belt citations only
if they stop drivers for another traffic violation.
new authority, police can pull over drivers if they see
anyone in the front seat not wearing seat belts. Under
the bill, the fine would be $25, the same as current law.
also includes a prohibition against transporting children
under age 16 in cargo areas and in the beds of pickup trucks.
Keith Goble, staff writer