Topeka A bill strengthening Kansas’ seat belt law has won first-round approval in the state Senate.
Senators advanced the bill Tuesday on a voice vote. A second, final vote will determine whether the measure goes to the House.
The bill would allow law enforcement officers to stop a driver solely for not wearing a seat belt. Under current law, an officer must stop someone for another violation, such as speeding, before issuing a seat belt citation.
The bill also would double the fine for not wearing a seat belt to $60, starting June 30.
Also, anyone 14 or older in the car would have to wear seat belts. Current law only requires adults in front seats to buckle up.
Children under 14 are covered by a special child passenger safety law.