The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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September 10, 2013

Seat belt survey: 94% rate of compliance

CLINTON — During the month of August, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office conducted a seat-belt survey in various locations across Clinton County. The survey is conducted to meet guidelines of a grant which is administered by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

The results of the survey indicated that 94.5 percent of the occupants in the vehicles surveyed were properly belted.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that all front seat occupants are required to use seatbelts. A new law effective July 1, 2011 requires everyone under the age of 18 riding in the back seat of a vehicle to use seat belts or restraints.

Violators face a $50 fine plus a surcharge and court costs. Passengers 14 and older who violate the law are charged rather than the driver unless the passenger is unable to fasten a seat belt due to a disability.

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