Share your views: Legislation filed to make Missouri a primary seatbelt state

2 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:03:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in Top Stories
By: Caroline Peterson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Legislation for a primary seatbelt law has been filed by the Missouri House Transportation Committee chairman. This means you can be pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt.

“We do have a seatbelt law on the books. It is considered a secondary law which means law enforcement has to observe a driver doing something else like speeding or a lane violation before they can give them a seatbelt ticket,” said MODOT Highway Safety Program Manager, Scott Jones.

Missouri is one of 16 other states that does not already have a primary seatbelt law, according to MODOT. 

Of the 870 fatalities on the road this year, 64 percent were unbuckled, according to Jones.

Jones said this legislation has been introduced before, but has not gotten much traction.

KOMU 8 posted a poll to hear viewers’ thoughts on Missouri becoming a primary seatbelt state. The yes and no votes swung back and forth with the final result below. 

Many viewers commented their opinions on the proposed law:

“I think if you want to sign something that waives your right to be on life support because of injuries sustained due to not wearing a seatbelt or a helmet got for it, that way everyone’s insurance, etc. isn’t paying for your choice,” said viewer Debbie Shivers.

Another viewer brought up the issue of students wearing safety belts on school busses.

“And yet a bus full of 60 kids with no restraints? Tell me how that makes sense?” said Bobbi Meyer.

Ryan McCreery said, “This is very dangerous legislation. This allows road pirates, the minions of politicians, to infringe on the rights of citizens even more. There is no way to always tell whether somebody has a seatbelt on from another vehicle. Wearing a seatbelt should be a choice.”

Heather Irvin said, “While everyone should wear one this just gives police an excuse to pull people over and collect fines. We don’t need the police having any more power to mess with people, I fear this will be misused in certain areas where profiling is high.”

Jones said other communities in the state, 53 cities and two counties, currently have local ordinances enforcing primary seatbelt policy. St. Louis County and Kansas City are among the list.

Missouri ranked last in NSC's State of Safety report released this June. The NSC gave Missouri an “F” on its report that focused on road, home and workplace safety.  Missouri ranked 49 out of 51 states in road safety.

One of the things the national safety council report rated Missouri on was having a secondary seatbelt law.

“To put that into a primary status would increase our ranking at least in that one level,” Jones said.  

The upcoming legislation session starts at the beginning of January.

Poll results are no longer available.

More News

Grid
List
SEDALIA — The latest numbers from Pettis County show confirmed COVID-19 cases have increased over 88 percent in the last... More >>
51 minutes ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 4:15:00 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
COLE COUNTY- One woman was pronounced dead Tuesday morning after a serious two-vehicle crash. According to a Missouri State... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 3:58:00 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
The American Psychiatric Association defines depression as "a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 3:00:00 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA — It's primary day in Missouri, and voters are out in full at the polls. State auditor Nicole... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 2:18:00 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Election workers have worked hard to ensure voter safety during the pandemic. Boone County election judge coordinator... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 2:05:00 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday adjusted dates for preseason football activity. The first allowable practice is now... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 1:59:40 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary education issued new guidance for the upcoming school year on Monday.... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 12:33:00 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS - Yadier Molina announced on social media on Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19. In an Instagram... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 12:12:58 PM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The last suspect in the killing of a transgender teen in Texas County is now on... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 11:27:28 AM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Health departments in at least 50 Missouri counties have not received any money from the... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 11:14:14 AM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
(Missourian) - One of Columbia’s two sales taxes for parks is scheduled to expire in 2022, so the conversation... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 10:44:13 AM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Today is Missouri's Primary Election - voters cast their ballots Tuesday to determine party candidates for governor, U.S.... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 10:18:00 AM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 6:09:00 AM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As school is set to resume in a few weeks, some parents are concerned with the safety of... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, August 04 2020 Aug 4, 2020 Tuesday, August 04, 2020 4:45:00 AM CDT August 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools Board of Education is considering the possibility of moving the start of school to after... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, August 03 2020 Aug 3, 2020 Monday, August 03, 2020 10:46:00 PM CDT August 03, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — From masks to hand sanitizer stations to new poll workers, the primary election Tuesday will look different... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, August 03 2020 Aug 3, 2020 Monday, August 03, 2020 8:12:00 PM CDT August 03, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA —Excellence, loyalty and perseverance are the principles Dr. Gus T. Ridgel lived by, according to his daughter Betty Bolden.... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, August 03 2020 Aug 3, 2020 Monday, August 03, 2020 5:52:00 PM CDT August 03, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. This... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, August 03 2020 Aug 3, 2020 Monday, August 03, 2020 5:30:00 PM CDT August 03, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 73°
5pm 74°
6pm 72°
7pm 72°
8pm 69°