When did seatbelts become mandatory in Illinois?

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Annie Travis
Annie TravisInsurance Feature Writer

Posted on Feb 06, 2023

Seatbelts have been mandatory in Illinois since the late 1980s. In 1987, the state passed a law requiring all drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts. The law applied to both the front and back seats of vehicles. Fines for violators ranged from $25 to $75.

The seatbelt law was updated in 2003. The new law made seatbelts mandatory for all passengers, regardless of age. Fines for violators increased to $50 to $100.

Despite the law, many Illinois residents still do not wear seatbelts. In 2012, the Illinois Department of Transportation reported that only 73 percent of drivers and passengers wore seatbelts. This is below the national average of 84 percent.

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