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Seat belt checkpoints will slow Rt. 16.

Local - 4/28/2014 4:54 PM by Stuart Hammer

FAYETTEVILLE – The Fayette County Sheriff's Office is conducting two checkpoints this week in an effort to increase compliance with seat belt laws.

Sheriff Steve Kessler says the first checkpoint will be tomorrow afternoon on Route 16 in Fayetteville. The second will be Wednesday afternoon on Rt. 16 in the Oak Ridge area.

Both seat belt checkpoints will be between noon and 4 p.m.

Deputies will be handing out pamphlets explaining the new seat belt laws, and Fayette County Sheriff, Chief Deputy Mike Fridley says it's more important now than ever to buckle up.”

“If we see you not wearing a seat belt we can pull you over for that. It used to be a secondary offense where we had to find another offense to pull you over, meaning speeding, or running a stop sign, red light.”

Fridley adds the new state law is what forced the change.

“If you're not wearing your seat belt just like cell phone usage or texting, it's a primary offense now.”

Law enforcement officials says more than 200 citations have been issued during these special enforcement patrols.


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