Governor Beshear signs new seat belt law

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A fatal crash that killed 11, including a family of 10 in March 2010 along Interstate 65 in Hart County, is now credited with helping to change Kentucky's seat belt law.

Governor Steve Beshear signed into law Senate Bill 89 on Wednesday at the Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown. Along with the bill's sponsor, Senator Ernie Harris, Beshear said that although highway deaths in Kentucky are dropping, there's still a lot of work to be done.

"We're at the lowest point in a decade," said Beshear, "now that's still way too many, but we're moving it in the right direction. These seat belt laws are effective and they work so we're going to be saving some lives with this legislation."

The new law will now require vehicles carrying 15 passengers or less to be equipped with seat belts for all passengers, and those passengers must wear them.

Owners of 15 passenger vehicles that were made prior to 1993 and do not have seat belts for all passengers need to have them installed. Otherwise, the driver could be cited if pulled over.

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