Seat Belt Violations Made Secondary Offense 

The state senate has agreed to make Maine’s seat belt law a secondary offense.The bill passed Tuesday by just one vote: 18-to-17.Under the proposal, someone can only get ticketed for not wearing a seat belt if they’ve already been stopped for another offense.It still faces further House and Senate votes.The Transportation Committee took up two other traffic-safety proposals Tuesday afternoon.One of which would outlaw the use of hand-held cellular phones or other electronic devices while driving, the other would ban texting while driving.