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      State senator wants tougher safety belt law

      ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Missouri state senator wants a tougher law for safety belt violators.

      The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Democratic Sen. Joseph Keaveny of St. Louis plans to introduce legislation in the upcoming session raising the fine for failure to buckle up. The current fine is $10. Keaveny notes that the fine for littering is $79.50.

      Keaveny says many traffic deaths in Missouri result not from the initial impact, but from people being thrown from vehicles. And many of those who are ejected are children.

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      Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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