NRC to meet, Seat belt fines to increase July 1


NRC to meet

The Newton Recreation Commission will meet at noon June 29 at the Newton Activity Center, 415 N. Poplar. 

Agenda items include a discussion with Grand Central, a review of a strategic plan, a board appointment, an update on the Public Building Commission, publication of the 2017-18 budget, approval of the Public Build Commission master plan and a period for public comment. 


Seat belt fines to increase July 1

Those caught not buckling their seat belts in the state that they will need to dig deeper into their wallets, starting July 1. Traffic fines for seatbelt violations rise from $10 to $30 that day, thanks to a new law passed by the Kansas legislature and signed into law in May by Governor Brownback.

The change was recognized by the Newton City Commission at its last meeting. 

The law, passed as Senate Bill 89 (SB 89), triples the fine for a person 18 years and older who is not wearing a seat belt in a passenger car when that car is in motion. The new law directs $20 from each $30 seatbelt violation fine to the Seat Belt Safety Fund, which will be administered by the Secretary of Transportation and fund an expansion of the student-driven Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) program, making it available to every high school in Kansas. 

“Our first preference is for everyone to simply wear their seatbelts whenever they are in a moving vehicle; seatbelts are proven to help limit injuries and deaths in crashes,” said AAA Kansas spokesman Shawn Steward.