Kansas motorists soon will face a tougher
state seat belt law.
Gov. Mark Parkinson signed a bill Thursday to strengthen the
law. Traffic safety groups and public health advocates believe it
will save lives.
The new law, taking effect next week, will require every
occupant of a vehicle to buckle up. Existing law didn't require
adults to wear seat belts if they weren't in the front seat.
Law enforcement officers will be allowed to stop vehicles for
seat-belt violations. Current law says they have to have another
reason for a stop, such as speeding.
In June, violators will receive warning tickets.
Then, for a year, they'll face a $5 fine. The fine will double
to $10 in July 2011.