South Carolina Senate panel voted recently in favor of a bill that
would permit police to pull over drivers who are not buckled up.
Senate Transportation Committee approved the bill on a 7-6 vote
May 21. It has been forwarded to the full Senate.
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.
the measure forbids police to search vehicle occupants solely for
a seat-belt infraction.