The South Carolina
House Education and Public Works Committee approved legislation
this week to permit police to pull over drivers who are not buckled
by Rep. Joel Lourie, D-Richland County, would create a primary law
for seat belt enforcement. Under current law, police cannot ticket
drivers for seat belt violations unless the driver is pulled over
for another traffic violation.
measure forbids police to search vehicle occupants solely for a
seat belt infraction.
driver, or occupant in a vehicle may not be searched solely because
of a violation of this article,” Lourie wrote.
The bill now
heads to the House floor for further debate. A similar bill, HB3100,
remains in the House Education and Public Works Committee.