Kansas Senate backs Tougher Seat Belt Law

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Senate passed a bill that would
toughen the state's seat belt laws.

The 23-17 vote Thursday sends the bill to the House. The bill requires all passengers in motor vehicles to wear seat belts. Currently, only front-seat passengers who are 18 or younger are required to buckle up.

The measure would also let law enforcement officers stop and ticket motorists for failing to wear seat belts. Under current law, an officer must first stop a vehicle for another reason, such as speeding, and then may issue a citation for failing to buckle up along with the other offense.

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