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Marilee Dorn, safety officer with the Willmar Police Department, shows how to properly secure a booster seat. Starting July 1, children who are under the age of eight and are also less than 4-feet-9-inches tall must be properly secured in a booster seat that meets federal guidelines. Not doing so could cost a parent $140 in fines and fees. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Minnesota's new seat belt law goes into effect Tuesday; base fine $25

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WILLMAR -- Starting Tuesday, Minnesota motorists can be stopped and given a ticket for not wearing a seat belt.

The Legislature passed a primary seat belt bill this spring that allows law enforcement officers to stop a motorists for a seat belt violation. In the past, seat belt citations were only given if someone was stopped for some other reason, like speeding.


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