TAMPA — A new seat belt law takes effect Tuesday that will allow police for the first time to stop motorists who are not buckled up.
Before now, law enforcement could ticket motorists if they were stopped for something else.
The legislation was controversial because some lawmakers worried that allowing police to stop motorists for not using a seat belt would lead to police harassment.
Gov. Charlie Crist signed the bill into law in May. Tickets violating the seat belt law will cost $30.