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State troopers more than double seat belt tickets

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New Richmond, 54017

New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

State troopers more than doubled the number of seat-belt tickets they gave out during the first month of the so-called primary enforcement.

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You might not want to ignore those TV announcements about buckling up.

Wisconsin state troopers more than doubled the number of seat-belt tickets they gave out between June and July.

The new state budget signed June 29 allows officers to stop motorists just for not buckling up, and they don't have find another violation anymore.

As a result, the State Patrol gave out 4,600 seat belt tickets in July, up from about 2,000 in June.

That includes about 800 passengers who were cited last month for not wearing seat belts, up from 400 in June.

The fine is still $10, with no demerit points on your driver's license.

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