New Push For Seat Belts
Right now Missouri's seat belt law is called a secondary enforcement law. That means law enforcement officials have to pull a driver over for a different traffic violation before they can hand out a seat belt ticket. MODOT estimates changing this law could save about 90 lives.
"Ninety lives every year in the state of Missouri is a horrible price to be paying for the lack of a primary safety belt law," said MODOT Director Pete Rahn. "And you never know whose life that is going to save. It could be your loved one it could be your friend."
If any driver is violating any one of the other 500 traffic violations, law enforcement can pull them over immediately. The seat belt law is the only one requiring another offense before you can get a ticket. Twenty-six other states already have a primary enforcement seat belt law. These states include five of Missouri's eight neighboring states.