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.