ANNAPOLIS -- Thanks to the General Assembly, Maryland's mandatory seat belt law is about to pick up pickups.
By a 119-11 vote, the House of Delegates enacted legislation yesterday that expands the seat belt law to include light trucks.
Under current law, automobile drivers, front-seat passengers and children under age 5 must be restrained by a safety belt.
As initially proposed by the Schaefer administration, the legislation would have made failing to wear a seat belt a primary offense. That would have allowed police officers to stop motorists for a seat belt infraction alone. Both the House and Senate rejected that idea as unnecessary.