in the Mississippi House of Representatives would permit police to pull
over drivers who are not buckled up.
sponsored by state Rep. Rita Martinson, would create a primary law for
seat-belt enforcement. Currently, police can ticket drivers and passengers
for seat-belt violations only after stopping a vehicle for another traffic
make sense to have a law on the books with no teeth in it,” Martinson,
R-Madison, told The Clarion-Ledger.
an unbelted driver could be fined $25 and a front-seat passenger or child
would cost the driver another $50. No points would be assessed on the driver’s
into law, it would put Mississippi in line for additional federal money.
administration recently proposed an incentive program to encourage states
to increase seat-belt enforcement. The program would provide grants worth
$100 million a year for highway safety or construction programs to states
that pass a primary seat-belt law or show a seat-belt-usage rate of at
least 90 percent.
is one of about 30 states without a primary seat-belt law. The state’s
usage rate is about 62 percent, the newspaper reported.
has been forwarded to the House Transportation Committee.