Kansas House Rejects Change in Seat Belt Law

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ House members have rejected a bill that would have strengthened the Kansas seat belt law.

The bill would allow law enforcement officers to stop a vehicle if front-seat passengers seat aren't wearing seat belts.

By a 65-55 vote Friday, the bill remains in negotiations between House and Senate members.

The issue could return when legislators come back in late April after their recess.

It's a traffic infraction in Kansas now for a person not to buckle up. But officers can't stop a vehicle unless they have another reason.

The bill requires all passengers to wear a seat belt. However, officers couldn't issue a citation to passengers in the back seat for not wearing safety belts, unless another citation were being issued.

The penalty would be a $60 fine.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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