South Carolina Senate panel approves seat-belt bill

| Tuesday, June 03, 2003

A South Carolina Senate panel voted recently in favor of a bill that would permit police to pull over drivers who are not buckled up.

The Senate Transportation Committee approved the bill on a 7-6 vote May 21. It has been forwarded to the full Senate.

H3128 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.

However, the measure forbids police to search vehicle occupants solely for a seat-belt infraction.