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Tomblin signs stricter W.Va. seat belt law

May. 23, 2013 @ 05:23 PM

CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a stricter seat belt law for West Virginia motorists.

Tomblin signed the bill Thursday during a ceremony at the state Capitol. It is effective July 9 and allows police to pull over motorists if the driver or passengers aren’t wearing seat belts. Previously the driver had to be stopped for another violation first.

The fine for failing to wear a seat belt will be $25, with no court costs or points on a driver’s license.

State police and other supporters say the new law will increase seat belt use and save lives.