caught not wearing their seat belts could be pulled over under legislation
filed in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
State Rep. Jodie Haydon, D-Bardstown, has drafted a bill
that would create a primary law for seat-belt enforcement. Currently, police
can ticket drivers only after stopping a vehicle for another traffic violation.
If signed into law, the regulation would put the state in
line for additional funding from the federal government.
An incentive program recently introduced in Congressencourages
states to increase seat-belt enforcement. The program would give states three years to enact a primary seat-belt law or
reach a rate of usage of at least 90 percent. Failure to do one or the other
would result in a loss of up to 4 percent of federal highway funds to the
is one of about 30 states without a primary seat-belt law.