Governor to Sign Bill

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By Memorial Day weekend, Mississippi drivers will risk a ticket if they or some of their passengers are not wearing their seat belts.

A law enforcement officer could pull over a vehicle simply if he thinks the driver, a front-seat passenger or any child under age eight anywhere in the vehicle is not buckled in.

The Senate this past week passed the final version of the primary-offense seat belt bill with a maximum fine of $25.00.

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

The bill will become law on May 27, the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend.