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FairfaxBill to make seat belts a primary offense falls in Richmond

Bill to make seat belts a primary offense falls in Richmond

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A measure by Del. Kaye Kory (D-Fairfax-Falls Church) to make the failure to wear a seat belt a primary, rather than secondary, infraction under state law died in the House Committee on Transportation.

Currently under Virginia law, those in motor vehicles can only be ticketed for a failure to buckle up if they are stopped and cited for some other reason. By making it a primary offense, a law-enforcement officer could stop a vehicle specifically for that infraction.

The House Committee on Transportation struck the bill from the docket on a 22-0 vote.

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