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Kansas cashes in on new seat belt law

Gov. Mark Parkinson, left, on Tuesday holds an oversized check for nearly $11.2 million in federal funds that was delivered by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Ronald Medford, at right. The funds were awarded for the state’s passage of a primary seat belt law.

Gov. Mark Parkinson, left, on Tuesday holds an oversized check for nearly $11.2 million in federal funds that was delivered by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Ronald Medford, at right. The funds were awarded for the state’s passage of a primary seat belt law.

August 10, 2010

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The state of Kansas cashed in on the recent passage of the primary seat belt law.

State awarded federal money for new seatbelt law

The state got an $11 million check for its new seatbelt law. Enlarge video

During a ceremony Tuesday in Topeka, Gov. Mark Parkinson accepted an $11.2 million check from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in connection to the law.

Passed by the state Legislature this year and enforced since June 30, the primary seat belt law allows law enforcement officers to stop vehicles and issue tickets if the driver or the front seat passenger is not wearing a seat belt. The law also applies to anyone under the age of 18.

Before now, drivers could be ticketed only if law enforcement officers had stopped them on another traffic offense.

Attending the ceremony at the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Gage Maintenance Complex were people who see the life-saving benefits of seat belts everyday - area paramedics, fire fighters and law enforcement.

“It has been a difficult struggle, the progress has been steady and the results have been amazing. Literally hundreds of thousands of people are alive that wouldn’t be if this fight hadn’t been undertaken,” Parkinson said about passage of a number of seat belt laws during the past several decades.

25

The number of lives that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Ronald Medford estimates will be saved each year in Kansas as a result of the primary seat belt law.

262

The number of serious injuries that Medford predicts will be prevented with the new law.

$11,184,630

The amount Kansas received from the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration as an incentive to pass the primary seat belt law. The state is required to spend $1 million on safety education programs and the rest will go toward road construction projects to make the highways safer.

82

The percent of Kansans already wearing seat belts.

9

The percent seat belt usage is expected to go up under the new law.

8

The percent accident fatalities in Kansas are expected to go down.

31

The number of states that have primary seat belt laws.

$5

The fine drivers have to pay if they, someone in the front seat of their vehicle or anyone under the age of 18 doesn’t wear a seat belt. Next year the fine will increase to $10.

8 years

How long Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller said she has worked to get a primary seat belt law passed.

Comments

Driver_611400 4 years, 11 months ago

Remember, Public Transportation is a common target of international terrorism. Every time you disrespect the T, the terrorists WIN. Why do you hate America?

slowplay 4 years, 11 months ago

A state that allows motorcyclists to ride without helmets has no empathy for motorist safety. This law was passed for the 11.2 million dollars it received.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years, 11 months ago

"During a ceremony Tuesday in Topeka, Gov. Mark Parkinson accepted an $11.2 million check from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in connection to the law."

NIce going, gov. Lots of money for meddling in the private affairs of your citizens.

Everyone should wear a seat belt or suffer the consauences of failing to do so.

The government should not make a law to oppress it's citizens who choose not to and make this a money issue, to violate the privacy of it's citzens.

Where are the damned Republicans on this intrusion of government in to our lives??????????

I thought so.

matix 4 years, 11 months ago

$$ The state is concerned about your SAFETY $$

RoeDapple 4 years, 11 months ago

If you make $18/hour and drop a penny while on the job, reaching down to pick it up costs your employer 2 cents for the 4 seconds it takes to recover the penny. How much time, fuel,paper and administration does it take to collect a 5$ fine?

Of course if it is your penny you aren't concerned how much it costs your employer to get it. Unfortunately the state wants that penny ($5) and is willing to inconvenience you (the taxpayer) at any cost to get it.

Moral of the story? Be careful bending over for the state.

nut_case 4 years, 11 months ago

This government would be laughable if we didn't have to live with it every day.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 11 months ago

"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried." Sir Winston Churchill

emaw 4 years, 11 months ago

Better watch out!!!! I hear the government is going to start handing out fines for not wearing a condom next!

Ralph Reed 4 years, 11 months ago

That's going to happen with the coming theocracy. Not yet though. But I think you've got it backwards. Condoms, originally intended as an STD prophylactic measure, have been found to have other uses. Aside from being used as interestingly-shaped balloons, there are stories of some using them as birth control (BC) devices. (I verified this on snopes) As we "all know," the coming theocracy views any method of BC as an abomination. As a result, the fine would be for wearing one instead of not wearing one.

IslandContributor 4 years, 11 months ago

wasnt it the same department that got the drinking age changed from 18 to 21 by withholding highway funding for individual states until they changed their legal drinking age. Glad they can pull me over if they "think" im not wearing a seatbelt. I liked all the numbers in that article at the end I wonder what the number of people is they pull over and use this as an excuse "Sir I pulled you over because I didnt think you were wearing a seatbelt but now that I see you are lets talk about why I really pulled you over judging by your appearence and the apperaence of your vehicle I figured you were up to no good"

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