A change in state law has resulted in more drivers getting busted for not buckling up.
Darlene Schwartz with the DOT says citations for drivers not wearing their seat belts are up nearly 30-percent, compared to the same time period from last year. She says there have been over 74,000 tickets written this year for seat belt violations.
Schwartz says the increase is likely due to a new law that took effect when Governor Doyle signed the state budget at the end of June. It allows for enforcement of the mandatory seat belt law, so cops can pull drivers over just because they’re not buckled up. Violators face a $10 fine.