I am reminding everyone to wear their seat belts when operating or riding as a passenger in a motor vehicle. The most current seat belt law which allows law enforcement officers the ability to stop a vehicle if either of the front seat occupants in a vehicle are seen not wearing a seat belt.
If you do not wear you seat belt, you can be stopped and cited for the violation. If your 18 years of age or older you can receive a fine of $5. As of July 1, 2011 that fine will rise to $10. If you are under 18 years of age you can receive a fine of $60. If you allow your children less than 14 years of age to ride in a vehicle without wearing their seat belts, the operator of the vehicle can be ordered to appear in court. It has been my long standing belief that driving is a privilege and obeying the traffic laws is an essential part of abiding by those rules which allow you to keep that privilege. So take it for what it’s worth. Do yourself a favor and get in the habit of wearing your seat belt.
Art Keffer is the police chief of Ellinwood.