AUGUSTA — 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 Bangor Daily News says the House voted 91-51 against it in a preliminary vote Wednesday. The bill still faces additional votes in the House.