Ark. Legislature approves primary seat-belt law


Ark. Legislature approves primary seat-belt law
February 25, 2009
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A bill making seat-belt violations a primary offense is headed to the governor's desk.

The Arkansas House on Wednesday voted 60-31 in favor of the bill by Sen. Hank Wilkins IV, D-Pine Bluff.

Arkansas now has a secondary seat-belt law, which means that officers can issue citations for the violation only after stopping a vehicle for another reason. Currently, 26 states have primary seat belt laws, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety

Under the bill, violators would be subject to a $25 fine that wouldn't be reflected on their driver records. A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe has said the govenror will sign the bill.

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