All passengers will be required to wear safety belts when traveling in vehicles under a bill the House gave final approval to on Monday.

Senate Bill 2724 would not apply to farm vehicle drivers, rural mail carriers nor drivers of vehicles that were manufactured without seat belts.

The maximum fine for violating the law would be $25.

If the governor signs it, the bill would be known as Harlie’s Law in memory of a Holly Springs high school student Harlie Oswalt, who was killed in car accident in November 2016 while riding in the back seat of a car.

The measure passed 88-29. Most of the no votes came from Republican House members.

R.L. Nave

Ryan L. Nave, a native of University City, Mo., served as Mississippi Today's editor-in-chief from May 2018 until April 2020. Ryan began his career with Mississippi Today February 2016 as an original member of the editorial team. He became news editor August 2016. Ryan has a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked for Illinois Times and served as news editor for the Jackson Free Press.