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Wichita retains its $30 seat belt fine

It’ll be a little more expensive to get busted without a seat belt in Wichita than in many other parts of the state.

Wichita City Council members voted 5-1 Tuesday to maintain the city’s fine at $30. That comes even though the state recently reduced the fine to $5 along with a move that made seat belt violations a primary law, which means police can pull you over for that alone. Previously, Kansas law enforcement officers had to pull drivers over for another violation before they could write a seat belt ticket.

Council member Paul Gray said he respects the hard work of law enforcement officers. But he said he thinks they should be doing more important work than pulling people over for seat belt violations.

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