Missouri state senator wants tougher safety belt law

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | 7:26 a.m. CST; updated 10:17 a.m. CST, Tuesday, December 11, 2012

ST. LOUIS — A Missouri state senator wants a tougher law for safety belt violators.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Democratic Sen. Joseph Keaveny of St. Louis plans to introduce legislation in the upcoming session raising the fine for failure to buckle up. The current fine is $10. Keaveny notes that the fine for littering is $79.50.

Keaveny said many traffic deaths in Missouri result not from the initial impact, but from people being thrown from vehicles. And many of those who are ejected are children.

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