A proposal to raise Missouri's fines for seat belt violations could have a better chance in the Senate this year.
Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Mike Kehoe said Wednesday that he wants to advance the bill to the full Senate for debate. The legislation by Sen. Joe Keaveny has died each of the past three years in the transportation committee.
The Democratic senator from St. Louis is proposing to increase the fine from $10 to $50 for people caught not wearing seat belts in vehicles.
This will be the fourth time Democrat Joseph Keaveny has sponsored legislation to raise Missouri’s seat belt fine from $10 to $50. Opponents have either voted it down in committee or never brought it up for a vote each time. Keaveny says this time his message will focus more on the lack of seat belt use by teenagers.
“In Missouri we average about 77 percent, (and the) teenage buckle-up rate is about 66 percent," Keaveny said. "The majority of people aren’t killed as a direct result of the collision, but they’re being ejected from the car.”