House Favors Keeping Current Seat Belt Law 

Maine lawmakers are giving a cold shoulder to an effort to relax the state’s seat belt enforcement law. Failure to wear a seat belt is now a “primary offense,” meaning police can ticket somebody merely for not wearing a seat belt. A bill under consideration would make it a “secondary offense,” meaning police could issue a ticket for failing to wear a seat belt only if the driver is pulled over for some other offense. The bill narrowly passed in the Senate last week, but the House voted 91-51 against it in a preliminary vote Wednesday. The bill still faces additional votes in the House. (AP)