Georgia now joins the rest of the nation in requiring every driver and passenger to buckle up when they get in their pick-up trucks.  Governor Sonny Perdue signed a bill into law on Thursday mandating the change.

For the past five years the pickup truck seat belt law has been held up in the Georgia House Agricultural Committee and was opposed by many farmers across the state.  The new law does exempt farmers who are using their trucks for farm-related activities.

Corporal Joe Massingil with the Rome Post of the Georgia State Patrol told local media yesterday "There have been numerous fatalities that we have worked that could have been avoided if they were wearing their seat belt."

The new law goes into affect on July 1st.

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