Illinois May Order Backseat Passengers to Buckle Up

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois may start telling everyone riding in a car’s backseat to buckle up, regardless of age.

Legislation tightening the state’s seat belt law has been approved by the Illinois House. It now goes to the Senate, where President John Cullerton has often backed traffic-safety measures.

Currently, safety belts are required for backseat passengers only if they’re 19 or younger.

The House bill that passed 61-55 on Thursday would require belts for everyone with a few exceptions, such as passengers in cabs.

Supporters call it common-sense safety legislation. Opponents say there’s little evidence of a serious problem with backseat passengers being killed or injured because they weren’t using seat belts.

The bill is HB219.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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