ST. GEORGE – A reminder to Utah motorists – buckle up. As a new Utah law goes into effect Tuesday, making failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense, police can now pull over drivers who aren’t wearing the safety strap.
Prior to House Bill 79 – Safety Belt Law Amendments, signed by Gov. Gary Herbert in March, police could cite adult drivers who didn’t wear seat belts only if they had been pulled over for another violation.
The bill allows officers to issue warnings on a first offense. On the second offense, an offender can be fined $45. However, that fine may be waived if the driver completes a 30-minute online safety course.
The Utah Legislature passed 528 bills during the 2015 general session, and the safety belt bill is among 389 that become law Tuesday.
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