CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A Senate committee would make not wearing a seatbelt a primary offense, matching a proposed texting ban.
The Senate Judiciary committee voted Thursday to send the bill to the full Senate. Similar efforts have failed during past sessions.
Under the bill, police could stop a driver for not wearing a seatbelt and would not need another reason like weaving or speeding.
Sen. Clark Barnes voted against the bill. He says primary offenses should be reserved for behavior that puts other people in danger. Not wearing a seatbelt is a choice that does not risk injuring anyone but the driver.
The bill would also reduce the $25 fine for violating the seatbelt law to $15.
Earlier this session, the full Senate voted to make texting while driving a primary offense.