Missouri considers higher fine for seat belt violations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | A state senator says Missouri doesn't take seat belt violations seriously, and he wants to make it five times more expensive to be caught unbuckled.

Currently, motorists face a $10 fine for not wearing a seat belt. Police also cannot stop vehicles for seat belt infractions. Sen. Joe Keaveny, a Democrat from St. Louis, has proposed raising the fine to $50.

Safety advocates want to let motorists be stopped solely for failing to wear seat belts, but that idea has faced opposition in the Legislature. They say it might be easier to win support for raising the fine for seat belt violations.