It is encouraging that the Kansas Senate is considering a bill to increase the fine for not wearing seat belts.
People pulled over by law enforcement would pay $60 under the proposal instead of $10. For decades people have heard that wearing seat belts helps save lives in the event of a traffic crash.
But the current fine in Kansas is barely worth the time of police officers to pull violators over. It is the lowest in the nation.
Unfortunately, too few people take the opportunity to use seat belts when riding in vehicles. Missouri has a secondary seat belt law, meaning a motorist has to be stopped for another offense, and then could be ticketed if not wearing a seat belt.
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That needs to change if people are to remain safe on the roads in the two states.