New Hopes for Seatbelt Law Change
Jacob Yeates died in a car accident fewer than three months ago. His family says he always wore a seat belt, even on the day he died in a head-on collision.
"Every time he got in a vehicle you had to put on a seat belt in his vehicle. He would not go anywhere unless everybody had a seat belt on," said Cheri Bowden, Jacob's mother. "You have to say seat belts matter, seat belts make all the difference in the world, too many kids die when they don't have their seat belt on."
Missouri House Bill 90 would require all passengers in a vehicle to wear a seat belt as well as allow officers to pull over and give tickets specifically to those who don't wear their seat belt. Supporters of the bill believe this law could save 90 lives a year.
Jacob's family and friends call this "Jake's Law."
"This bill will give many people the opportunity to walk away. It took me a long time to walk away from my car accident," said Matthew Cushman.
Last year 1,089 people died in Missouri traffic accidents and 70% of the deaths were people who were not wearing a seat belt. After hearing testimony Tuesday, the House transportation committee approved the bill. It now goes to the full house for a vote.