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Tougher R.I. seat belt law set to expire

A two-year-old Rhode Island law allowing police to pull over motorists who are not buckled up is set to expire at the end of June unless lawmakers act. Legislation that would make the law permanent was scheduled to be reviewed by a Senate committee on Thursday. Lawmakers passed the tougher seat belt law two years ago, but included an automatic expiration date of June 30, 2013. Before the law took effect, police could only ticket adult motorists for not buckling up if they had been pulled over for another offense first.

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