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Georgia House of Representative could hold up truck seatbelt law

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Senate wants people in pickups to buckle up, but the bill they passed Thursday has previously failed in the house.

Georgia is the only state in the nation to specifically exempt adults in pickups from wearing seat belts. It cost the state millions of dollars in federal highway money. Highway safety experts estimate passing the legislation could save dozens of lives every year. They hope you'll weigh in on the issue with your representative.

"We certainly want to encourage people to talk to their law makers and ask them to go ahead and give it a yeah vote. We're hoping it will come out of committee and get to the, it's never made it to a floor vote before," said Michele DeMott, Albany Safe Communities.

Officials say this measure has a larger impact on southwest Georgia and other rural communities where trucks are used on farms as well as highways.

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