Several states, including Pennsylvania, are considering strengthening their seat-belt laws to qualify for federal highway funds.

Under existing law, a seat-belt violation is considered to be a secondary violation. Therefore, police officers are not permitted to pull a vehicle over simply because of a seat-belt violation. With the proposed changes, a seat-belt violation would become a primary violation, thus permitting officers to pull over a vehicle just for a seat-belt violation. States considering the change include Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Nebraska and New Hampshire.

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