As the Kansas Legislature closed in on a primary seat-belt bill, state Sen. Les Donovan, R-Wichita, said: “The long-term benefit to the people of Kansas is probably as high as anything we’ve ever done.” The Kansas Department of Transportation estimates that the law will save 25 lives and avoid 262 serious injuries annually. The public may need some persuasion, though. In a new SurveyUSA poll, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, just 37 percent of Kansans agreed that police should be able to pull over drivers for not wearing seat belts (46 percent favored current law, under which officers can ticket seat-belt violators who’ve been pulled over for another reason).
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