There is no doubt that seat belts can save lives — and that the public has a strong vested interest in encouraging their universal use. Yet, under current state law, police officers can give tickets for no-seat-belt violations, only if the car was stopped for another reason.
That makes no sense.
Last year, I urged passage of a state law that would allow officers to stop vehicles if they see belts not being used and would require everyone in the car to use a safety belt.
With clear historic evidence that using seat belts saves lives and the recent testimony of state Transportation director Peter Rahn that belt usage is actually falling in Missouri, I renew my call for the law’s passage.