SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – A bill on its way to the governor that would require back seat vehicle passengers to buckle up will save lives, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Michael Witter, regional administrator for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, says the bill makes sense. “That actually could translate into an additional, I think, 150 to 200 lives that could be saved,” Witter said.
Nationally, 1,095 back seat passengers not buckled up died in 2009, according to NHTSA. Illinois would join 11 other states that require backseat safety belt use for all passengers. While children and teenagers are required to buckle up in the back seat, adults have been exempt since the first seat belt law passed in Illinois in 1985.
H.B. 219 passed the Illinois Senate 30-23 and now goes to the governor.