On Thursday, the Kansas City, Mo., City Council passed an amendment to a seat belt ordinance that will take effect on April 28th.
Kansas City police officers will soon be able to pull over drivers and issue citations for not wearing their seat belts. No secondary violation, such as speeding, is necessary. City Councilman John Sharp says that police will only issue warnings to drivers for a period of time after the amendment takes effect. However, there is no word on how long that period may be.
Seat belt legislation has been a hot topic of discussion recently. Missouri Highway Patrol began its ClickIt4Life campaign earlier this month aimed at educating unbuckled drivers.
As an experienced car accident attorney, I’m glad to see that law enforcement now has more ability to enforce seat belt laws in Missouri. I’ve seen numerous families lose loved ones because they were not wearing a seat belt. Accidents will happen but they don’t always have to be fatal.
The statistics are startling. In Kansas City, Mo., 70 percent of people who died in car accidents were not wearing their seat belt. However, only 20 percent of drivers wear their seat belt each time they are in the car. Seat belts save lives. Three Ellinwood teenagers can attest to that. You never know when could you be involved in a car accident, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
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