Tougher Seat Belt Bill Passes

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A bill headed to Gov. Haley Barbour would allow a law enforcement officer to pull over a vehicle simply if the driver or a front-seat passenger is not wearing a seat belt.

The bill passed the Senate on Friday with only four votes in opposition. It had cleared the House on Jan. 12.

Under current state law, an officer can issue a ticket for failure to wear a seat belt but must have another reason, such as speeding or a missing tail light, to pull over the vehicle.

Barbour spokesman Pete Smith said the governor wants to review the bill before commenting on it.