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Governor signs stricter seat-belt law

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a stricter seat-belt law Thursday during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

The law 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.

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.


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