Illinois governor signs seat-belt law

| 7/8/2003

Driving without your seat belt buckled now can get you pulled over in Illinois.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed into law July 3 legislation permitting police to pullover and ticket drivers for not buckling up. The new law, which took effect immediately, forbids police to search a vehicle, its contents or occupants solely for a seat belt infraction.

State Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, who sponsored SB50, told The Pantagraph that Illinois could be in line for additional federal highway money because of the new primary enforcement law.

The Bush administration recently proposed an incentive program to encourage states to increase seat-belt enforcement. Illinois could get an extra $31 million if Congress agrees to retain the proposal in the transportation funding reauthorization bill.