PROVIDENCE, RI --- Rhode Island lawmakers are expected to debate a new proposal -- folded into Gov. Donald L. Carcieri's budget -- that would make the state's seat belt law a "primary" law.

In other words, law enforcement officials could pull over motorists solely for not wearing seat belts -- they wouldn't need to observe another traffic violation for the pull-over. 

Proponents of the change argue that a tougher seat belt law would save lives. Opponents argue that such a law could lead to more racial profiling in traffic stops, the Boston Herald reported. 

The House Finance Committee is scheduled to review the proposed state budget this week.