All Backseat Passengers Must Buckle Up


New legislation that went into effect July 1, 2011 makes it mandatory for everyone in a vehicle to wear a seat belt, including adults riding in the back seat. Illinois State Police issued 37,572 seat belt violations halfway through 2011 compared to 96,246 seat belt violations for all of 2010; with the new law many more tickets are expected.

Illinois law already requires all front seat passengers and “children” under age 19 to wear seat belts. The new law requires any person, child or adult, riding in the backseat to buckle up. Police officers can stop a vehicle if they see someone in the backseat without a seat belt. Fines start at $25, the same as other seat belt violations. Previously, adults not driving or riding in the front passenger seats didn’t have to buckle up.

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