Reminder: Back-Seat Belt Law Goes Into Effect Jan. 1
Illinois now requires passengers in the back seat to buckle up, too.
As you drive back from New Year's Eve celebrations with family and friends tonight, remember that everybody—including passengers in the back seat—needs to buckle up to avoid a ticket.
The new law requiring use of back-seat belts was signed into law in June, but goes into effect Jan. 1, 2012.
House Bill 219 requires all adult passengers sitting in the back seat to wear a seat belt. Failure to comply could result in a fine not to exceed $25.
Previously, the only passengers required to wear seat belts were those in the front seat, children younger than 8 years of age and passengers younger than 19 being driven by someone younger then 18.
The law exempts drivers and passengers in emergency vehicles and back-seat passengers in taxis.