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BECKLEY -

You might grab the attention of a cop just for not wearing your seatbelt.

Thursday a bill passed in the House of Delegates that if you don't buckle up while behind the wheel,  it's now a primary traffic offense.

"You get in the car, you buckle your seat belt up. It's muscle memory. You get in the car and your seatbelt goes on," said Dillard Lytle from Florida.

But not all of you think of strapping in as just another reflex. Some of you say it's your right to not buckle up.

"I actually got stopped twice as a primary offense and I think it's pretty ridiculous. I think it should be your choice, I don't think it should be your kids choice though, if you have a kid in the back then you should make them wear a seatbelt but if you're old enough then you should be able to decide," say Cody Helmuth of South Carolina.

"I believe it's your choice whether you wear your seatbelt or not. It's your life but I guess you could hurt others if you don't have it on," said Ohio's Pam Foster.

Hassle or not, most people say $25 won't break the bank.

If passed, it'll give a whole new meaning to the popular phrase "Click it or Ticket" and that means $25.

"Even though it is a law, do you think 25 dollars is relatively alright.. is it dueable? That's okay, it's dueable if it's the law," said Helmuth.

Most, however, do not see this bill as a "slap on the wrist" but instead a law that, hopefully, will save lives.

"It's a proven fact, statistics show they save lives. It's hard to argue the fact against it with all the lives they've saved," Lytle said.

"I think it's a great law, I think everyone should wear a seatbelt. So you don't see it as just another law but you see it as a very relevant one? I do, very much. I also think it should be a law to wear a helmet on motorcycles," North Carolina's Barry Moore believes.

Another traveler told 59 News a law is a law, and, like it or not, if passed, it should be obeyed.

"You live in this country and have rights and have laws, but you have to accept them and obey them. If you don't like them, you can move elsewhere," said Regina Workman of Morgantown.

Currently 32 states and Washington, D.C. consider not wearing your seatbelt a primary offense.