that would permit police to pullover and ticket drivers for not
buckling up is now headed to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for his
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.
the bill becomes law, it would help secure federal highway dollars
for the state.
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.