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Release Number: 09-162

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

June 10, 2009

Debbie Carter:

(813) 247-8060




Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office


Conducts Seat Belt Safety Initiative


Today, June 10, 2009 


Locations listed below










Deputies will be handing out informational cards to motorists this morning till  9:30 a.m. in advance of the new state law which makes not wearing a seat belt a primary offense.  The new state law goes into effect on June 30, 2009.  The state fine is $30 for a violation.  In Hillsborough County, the Clerk of the Circuit Court will add fees and costs to the fine for a total of $101.00.


Deputies will distribute cards for our Operation Belts or Else campaign at four intersections:


Bruce B. Downs and Fletcher Avenue


Waters Avenue and Dale Mabry Highway


Bloomingdale Avenue and U.S. Highway 301


Parsons Avenue and State Road 60