Friday, June 4, 2010

Governor Signs Seatbelt Legislation

Governor Sonny Perdue announced June 3 that he has signed Senate Bill 458, legislation removing the truck exemption for seatbelts. The Governor was joined in Dalton by bill sponsor Sen. Don Thomas, who is retiring after 14 years of service in the General Assembly.

“Pick-ups have changed over the years, and are often used to get back and forth to work on an everyday basis.  Today, they are out on our expressways and bypasses, as well as farms,” said Governor Perdue. “We all recognize that seatbelts save lives. With this legislation we look to continuing to build a ‘Safer Georgia’ for the next generation.”

SB 458 removes the pickup truck exemption to the law requiring seatbelts to be worn when driving on Georgia roads. The legislation excludes motorcycles, motor driven cycles, off road vehicles and pickup trucks being used in connection with agricultural pursuits.

“This long-overdue legislation is a victory for all Georgians. We have fought hard for years to make sure that everyone driving on Georgia roads is safely buckled-up,” said Sen. Thomas. “Thank you to the Governor and all in the legislature who worked diligently to ensure this life-saving measure becomes law.”

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