Kansas to get $11.2 million check from Washington for passing primary seatbelt law

Seatbelt user Sarah PalinKansas will get $11.2 million in federal aid Tuesday for passing the primary seat-belt law during this year’s legislative session.

Ronald Medford, deputy administrator of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, will present the check to Gov. Mark Parkinson in a ceremony at a Topeka road maintenance yard, the governor’s office said.

The money represents a financial incentive from the federal government to encourage states to pass a primary seatbelt law.

The funding is provided under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, also known as SAFETEA-LU.

A primary seatbelt law allows police to stop motorists who are not — or whose passengers are not — belted in.

Under previous Kansas law, officers could only write a ticket for nonuse of seatbelts when stopping the car for another violation of traffic law.

Violators of the new seatbelt law will be liable to pay a $10 fine.

Parkinson signed the new legislation on May 27.