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RI House votes to renew seat belt law

Lawmakers in the Rhode Island House have voted to permanently extend a 2-year-old law allowing police to pull over motorists who aren't buckled up.

The House approved the legislation Thursday on a vote of 52-17.

The seatbelt law is set to expire at the end of June if lawmakers don't act.

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. When they passed the law two years ago lawmakers inserted an automatic expiration date.

Opponents in the House argued that the tougher seatbelt amounts to an unfair revenue source for the state. But supporters said it's a commonsense safety measure.

The Senate is considering similar legislation.

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