bill that would permit police officers to pull over drivers
for failure to wear a seat belt is headed for a vote before
the full House.
received an endorsement “on its merits” from the House Public
Safety Committee in Delaware March 20. Delaware Rep. William
A. Oberle sponsored the legislation, which makes failure
to wear a seat belt a primary offense.
current law, police can issue seat-belt citations only if
they stop drivers for another traffic violation. With new
authority, police can pull over drivers if they see anyone
in the vehicle not buckled up. The fine would be $28.75.
R-Beecher's Lot, is hopeful the bill, if signed into law,
would curb injuries in the state resulting from failure to
wear a seat belt.
Delaware has experienced an increase in motor vehicle fatalities.
In many cases, the persons killed were not wearing seat belts,” he
wrote. “Other states that have enacted primary seat belt
laws have seen a corresponding increase in seat belt compliance.”