Starting June 30th, if you are stopped in Kansas for not wearing a safety restraint in the front seat of a vehicle – a new law allows officers to ticket you.
What you may not know is that officers as of last Thursday, June 9th, can now stop you as a part of the primary seat belt law and issue you a warning.
Beloit Police Officer Shaffer Fraley says the 3-week grace period is an opportunity to condition motorists to the new law.
According to Pete Bodyk of the Kansas Department of Transportation, passengers anywhere in a vehicle must buckle up if they are under the age of 18. The fine the first year when the law goes into effect is $5.00.
Currently, an average of 77% of Kansas drivers buckle up, that’s well below the national average of 84%, one of the lowest in the nation.