As of January 1, 2012, backseat passengers in Illinois must wear a seat belt or risk being pulled over and ticketed. The fine for non-compliance is a minimum of $25.
According to a December 30 Chicago Tribune article on the new law, titled “Illinois Seat Belt Law Reminder”, the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) :
…also notes that using shoulder belts in the backseat reduces the risk of a fatal injury during a crash by 44% in cars and 73% in vans and SUVs. Unbelted passengers also put others in the car in danger during an accident and increase the other passengers’ rate of injury or death by 40%.
Further information on the new rear seat belt law can be found in the above-mentioned Chicago Tribune article as well as the Naperville Sun article of December 31 titled “2012 brings more than 200 new laws to state.”
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