TOPEKA — Seatbelt scofflaws risk being pulled over for not buckling up under a bill the Senate sent to the House on Tuesday.
Senate Bill 483 passed 26-14. It faces a tougher reception in the House, where a similar bill failed last year.
“It will save lives, no question about it,” said Sen. Les Donovan, R-Wichita, who has pushed for the bill for several years.
About 25 percent of Kansans drive without wearing their seat belts — and 75 percent of deaths from automobile accident are people who were not buckled in, he said. “That’s all the information that anybody needs.”
Donovan said he hopes this is the year the bill passes both chambers.
Kansas law already requires drivers to wear a seat belt, but they can be ticketed for failure to do so only if an officer pulls them over for some other reason. The proposed law would come with a $30 to $60 fine.