ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Missouri lawmakers may consider legislation that would allow officers to pull over a driver if he or she is not wearing a seat belt.
Missouri law currently allows police to write a driver a ticket for not wearing a seat belt, but an officer can only pull over a driver for another violation before writing such a citation. A representative from near Kansas City introduced a similar bill in 2014, but the bill did not gain any traction. Now, that representative may try again.
"The cars come up will all kinds of advancements in saving lives, airbags, in sides and front, they’ve been tested for crashes in from and rear and side, but they only work if you have your seat belt on,” said Greg Horn with MoDOT.
Critics, however, have said such a law is too invasive.
“They already got enough reasons to pull you over. Just gives them one more, more fines, and more money to come in,” said Florissant resident Chris Foust.
“I’m fine with it,” said Linda Williams of St. Charles. "I’m a mother and a grandmother and seat belt on does help save lives.”
One group in favor of a primary seat belt law said 80 percent of Missouri drivers use a seat belt compared to 87 percent nationwide. The group also said six out of ten people killed in car accidents in Missouri were not wearing a seat belt. According to the group, wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of a fatal accident by 45 percent.
Roughly 40 cities and municipalities around Missouri.