Credit tougher laws, better awareness campaigns or just more use of common sense. In any case, Kansas deserves praise for dramatically improving its seat belt usage. Last month the Kansas Department of Transportation reported that the observed seat belt rate for drivers and front-seat passengers in 2014 hit a new state high of 86 percent – up 5 points in a year, 9 points since 2008 and 25 points since 2002. That’s a lifesaving change in Kansans’ habits, putting the state close to the nation’s 87 percent rate. Now the Legislature should up the ridiculous $10 fine, which is the lowest in the nation. – Rhonda Holman
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