Bill Clears Another Hurdle

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A bill that makes the failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense rather than a secondary one has passed the Mississippi House.

The bill would allow law enforcement officers to pull over a vehicle simply if they see a driver or front seat passenger is not wearing a seat belt.

Under current law, an officer must have another reason to stop a vehicle, such as speeding or a missing tail light.

The proposal approved by the House Thursday would carry a $25.00 penalty.

A similar measure, with a $50.00 penalty, passed the Senate last week. The two chambers will exchange bills.