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September 20, 2012
State sets record for seat belt use in 2012

Governor Pat Quinn announced late last month that Illinois has achieved an all-time high seat belt usage rate, with 93.6 percent of front-seat passengers buckling up as of June. That’s up from 92.9 percent last year. The national average is 84 percent.

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Quinn credits the achievement to “impactful awareness campaigns, motorist compliance, strategic partnerships with state and local law enforcement, and strengthened traffic safety legislation.”

In 2003, the state passed a primary safety belt law. Before that change, police could not pull a driver over based solely on a seat belt violation. Since the law was enacted, belt usage has steadily climbed.

Additional legislation signed into law last summer requires that all passengers buckle up, including those riding in the back.

For more information on traffic safety programs in Illinois, visit the website www.trafficsafety.illinois.gov.

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