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Cops back new seat-belt law

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Change projected to boost use by 5 to 10 percent in Minnesota

It won't happen in time for the big Memorial Day weekend, but law enforcement officers in Minnesota will soon have a new tool at their disposal.

The Legislature recently passed and Gov. Tim Pawlenty has now signed a law that allows officers to stop a vehicle and issue citations if the driver or passengers are not wearing seat belts.

The law is expected to take effect June 9.

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