Seat-belt bill on the governor's desk in Illinois

| 6/12/2003

Legislation that would permit police to pullover and ticket drivers for not buckling up is now headed to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for his signature.

HB218, sponsored by Rep. Mark Beaubien Jr., R-Barrington, would create a primary law for seat belt enforcement. Under current law, police cannot ticket drivers for seat belt violations unless the driver is pulled over for another traffic violation. However, the measure forbids police to search a vehicle, its contents or occupants solely for a seat belt infraction.

If the bill becomes law, it would help secure federal highway dollars for the state.

The Senate approved the measure May 15 by a 36-20 vote after the House voted in favor of the bill 67-46 in early April. The two houses have now worked out differences in the bill and sent it to the governor.