Seat Belt Law

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The immediate safety impact of a new seat belt law will be marginal.

That is what the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety administrator Fred Zwonechek says.

The new law bans children under age 18 from riding in the cargo area of a truck and requires all passengers under 18 to be buckled up.

Zwonechek says some young people will immediately comply with the law, but for others it will take some time.

But, he says, over time there will be more compliance and therefore keep more people safer in a vehicle.

The change could save lives. Zwonechek says about three out of four people killed in cars on Nebraska's roads are not wearing seat belts.

The new seat belt law does not pertain to people participating in a parade or exhibition.