Seat belt fines will more than double in 2016

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee authorities announced Monday the fines for seat belt violations will more than double beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

The fine for a first offense will be raised to $25 and a second and subsequent offense will be $50.

“So far this year, state troopers have issued over 107,000 seat belt citations,” Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. “That is a 255 percent increase over the same time period in 2010.”

Officials hope the increase will be an effective additional tool to curb traffic fatalities.

“We care about you and your safety,” Colonel Tracy Trott said. “What we are hoping to accomplish with the fine increase is a heightened sense of awareness among our motorists.”

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will also be out in force during the holiday period to ensure travel safely.

State troopers will focus their attention on traffic violations that place motorists in jeopardy, such as distracted driving, speeding, impaired driving and lack of seat belt usage.

The holiday enforcement period will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 24 and conclude at midnight on Dec. 27.

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