bill that would permit police officers to pull over drivers for
failure to wear a seat belt has now passed both houses of the
Delaware General Assembly and is on the way to the governor.
sponsored by Rep. William A. Oberle, would make failure to wear
a seat belt a primary offense. Under 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.
original bill would have set a fine of $25, but the Senate amended
the bill to replace the fine with an administrative sanction,
which, according to the Delaware State News, would not
show up on a person’s driving record.
R-Beecher’s Lot, said earlier in the session that he was 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.”
News reported Gov. Ruth Ann Minner is expected to sign HB43.