Whether Kansans are simply getting smarter or our new primary seat-belt law is already changing behavior, it's good that seat-belt use in Kansas increased nearly 5 points this year to 81.8 percent, according to a recent study. Kansas' rate is still below the national average, but it should continue to climb because of the new law enabling law enforcement officers to stop and ticket drivers seen not wearing seat belts. Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller said that seat-belt use in other states have gone up 8 to 11 percentage points when they passed primary seat-belt laws. "And when belt use goes up, fatalities go down, and serious injuries go down," she said. "That's very good news."