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Backseat Seat Belt Law Opinions Differ

Posted by wlpo on December 30, 2011

Do you ever wear a seatbelt while riding in the backseat? It’ll become state law Sunday.

Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill this year requiring everyone on the road to buckle up. The law currently requires back-seat passengers who are 19 and under to wear seat belts.

District 17 State Trooper Craig Graham supports the change. He says as seat belt use goes up, crash deaths go down.

Exemptions from the law would be if you’re riding in the back-seat of a taxi, school bus, ambulance or driving a mail truck. Also anyone with a physical problem making it difficult to wear a seat belt is exempted.

State Representatives Frank Mautino and Pam Roth voted against the proposal as did Senator Sue Rezin.

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