(AP) - A KDOT official says if state lawmakers
don't produce a tougher seat belt law by the end of the session,
they probably never will.
Under current law, a driver can't be cited for nonuse of seat
belts if not cited for the violation that prompted the stop.
KDOT law enforcement liaison Dave Corp said at a Hutchinson
luncheon Tuesday that the main obstacle to a tougher law is state
Rep. Gary Hayzlett, a Lakin Republican who is chairman of the House
Hayzlett said, "They would like to blame one person," noting
that a bill allowing primary enforcement of seat belt use failed
65-55 in the House this month.
Corp also said Kansas could get about $11 million in federal
funds if it made seat belt use a primary violation, incentives
Hayzlett called "the same old federal blackmail."