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Families Win Safety Belt Battle

May 6th, 2009 by flanews

Two Florida families have won a long fought battle to make the roads a bit safer.

Dori Slosberg and Katie Marchetti were killed in car wrecks. Dori died in 1996 and Katie died in 2006. Neither girl was bucked up. Since their deaths their families have been fighting a battle in Tallahassee to toughen safety belt laws. Wednesday Governor Charlie Crist signed a bill allowing police officers to pull over people if they arent buckled up. Doris father former House Representative Irv Slosberg has fought for almost a decade to pass this bill.

I machine gunned out legislation, all sorts of highway safety legislation and I was successful. But my signature bill got away from me. Finally, success. Finally, Victory on the road. But unfortunately, my daughter Dori, and my other daughter Emily, who was severely injured in the crash, had to die before this victory. She was a great kid, said Slosberg.

The legislation is expected to save 140 lives its first year alone. It will also bring 35 million federal dollars into the state.

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