Quinn signs seat-belt measure into law

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Illinois drivers and passengers need to buckle up.

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois drivers and passengers need to buckle up.

That was the message Monday from Gov. Pat Quinn, who signed a new Illinois law requiring everyone riding in a vehicle to wear their seat belts.

Senate President John Cullerton was one of the measure’s sponsors, and he says the law will save lives. The bill also was sponsored by the late GOP Rep. Mark Beaubien.

Currently, people riding in the front seat of a vehicle have to wear their seat belts, but people in the back seat are only required to be belted in if they are under 18.

The new law requiring everyone to wear a seat belt goes into effect Jan. 1.

Buses, taxicabs and emergency vehicles are exempt from the new law.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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