IT'S NOT JUST A LAW, IT'S A LIFE SAVER!
According to Illinois Secretary of State, Effective January 1, 2012, Illinois law requires all passengers, regardless of age or location in the vehicle, will be required to be secured in a seat belt or an appropriately approved child restraint system.
If a passenger has a disability or medical condition that makes him/her unable to secure his/her own safety belt, the driver is responsible for securing and adjusting the safety belt for that passenger.
It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that ALL passengers obey the safety belt law and the Child Passenger Protection Act. Anyone found guilty of disobeying this law is subject to a fine and court costs.
Check out these life saving statistics on national seat belt usage according to CyberdriveIllinois.org
- Safety belts and child restraints are credited with saving the lives of more than 10,000 vehicle passengers over the age of 5.
- Lap/shoulder belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45% and the risk of moderate to critical injuries by 50%.
- From 1975 through 2009, an estimated 9,310 lives were saved by the use of child restraints.
- When properly used, child safety seats reduce the risk of death by 71% for infants (less than 1 year old) and by 54% for toddlers (1-4 years old).
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