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New seat belt law is long due

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A new law will become effective June 9 requiring everyone, any age, in every seating position to be buckled up or riding in an approved child safety restraint.

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It's about time.

The state law will make it a primary offense, allowing law enforcement officers to stop and cite drivers and passengers not wearing a seat belt. Before the new law, law enforcement officers couldn't pull over someone for only being unbuckled. The officer had to see another offense, such as speeding.

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