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Tougher seat belt law signed thanks to Shell Rock family

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Beginning on July 1st, Iowa's seat belt laws will get tougher.

Governor Chet Culver signed Senate File 2381 into law Wednesday morning at Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines.

The legislation provides about $350 million for the Department of Transportation, but also includes a provision that requires children up to age 18 to use a safety belt or approved car seat, even while in the backseat.

Isaiah Krull, of Shell Rock, was in a car crash in 2008 when he was a teenager while riding in the back seat.

After months of rehabilitation for his injuries, Krull has worked with state legislators to promote the seat belt law.

Jon Broneman, of Waterloo, lost his first wife in a car accident, which his young son Michael, who was in the back seat in a child restraint, survived.

Jon and his family have also been active in working to improve the safety of all children.

Governor Culver said, "As Governor, and as a parent, I'm committed to doing all I can to help prevent future tragedies through something so simple as requiring seat belt use by young people.  I am proud to sign this common-sense bill into law to ensure that all passengers in a car remain as safe as they can be."

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