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Seat Belt Fines

Buckle up, or pay up. A St. Louis senator is making a fourth attempt at raising fines for seat belt violations.Democrat Joe Keaveny wants to increase the fine from 10 to 50 dollars for people caught not wearing seat belts in vehicles. His bill should come up today in a Senate committee.

The percentage of people using seat belts in Missouri lags behind the national average. Keaveny hopes a higher fine would encourage more people to buckle up.

Police in Missouri currently cannot pull motorists over just for failing to use seat belts. Keaveny’s legislation would not change that requirement.

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