|Public Act 096-0991
||LRB096 14099 WGH 28887 b
AN ACT concerning transportation.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by changing
Section 12-603.1 as follows:
(625 ILCS 5/12-603.1)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12-603.1)
Driver and passenger required to use safety
exceptions and penalty.
(a) Each driver and front seat passenger of a motor vehicle
operated on a
street or highway in this State shall wear a
properly adjusted and
fastened seat safety belt; except that, a
child less than 8 years of age shall
be protected as required
pursuant to the Child Passenger Protection Act.
under the age of 18 years and each of the driver's
under the age of 19 years of a motor vehicle operated
street or highway in this State shall wear a properly
and fastened seat safety belt.
Every passenger under the age of
19 in a vehicle being driven by a person over the age of 18 who
committed an offense against traffic regulations governing the
movement of vehicles or any violation of this Section or
Section 6-107 of this Code within 6 months prior to the
driver's 18th birthday and was subsequently convicted of the
violation, shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat
safety belt, until such time as a period of 6 consecutive
months has elapsed without the driver receiving an additional
violation and subsequent conviction of an offense against
traffic regulations governing the movement of vehicles or any
violation of this Section or Section 6-107 of this Code. Each
driver of a motor vehicle transporting a child 8 years of age
more, but less than 16 years of age,
shall secure the child
in a properly adjusted and fastened seat safety belt as
required under the Child Passenger Protection Act.
of a motor vehicle transporting a passenger who is unable, due
to infirmity, illness, or age, to properly adjust and
safety belt and is not exempted from wearing a seat safety
belt under subsection (b)
shall secure the passenger in a
properly adjusted and fastened seat safety belt as required
under this Section.
(b) Paragraph (a) shall not apply to any of the following:
1. A driver or passenger frequently stopping and
leaving the vehicle or
delivering property from the
vehicle, if the speed of the vehicle between
stops does not
exceed 15 miles per hour.
2. A driver or passenger possessing a written statement
from a physician
that such person is unable, for medical or
physical reasons, to wear a seat
3. A driver or passenger possessing an official
certificate or license
endorsement issued by the
appropriate agency in another state or country
that the driver is unable for medical, physical, or other
reasons to wear a seat safety belt.
4. A driver operating a motor vehicle in reverse.
5. A motor vehicle with a model year prior to 1965.
6. A motorcycle or motor driven cycle.
7. A motorized pedalcycle.
8. A motor vehicle which is not required to be equipped
with seat safety
belts under federal law.
9. A motor vehicle operated by a rural letter carrier
of the United
States postal service while performing duties
as a rural letter carrier.
(c) Failure to wear a seat safety belt in violation of this
shall not be considered evidence of negligence, shall
not limit the
liability of an insurer, and shall not diminish
any recovery for damages
arising out of the ownership,
maintenance, or operation of a motor vehicle.
(d) A violation of this Section shall be a petty offense
and subject to a
fine not to exceed $25.
(f) A law enforcement officer may not search or inspect a
its contents, the driver, or a passenger solely
because of a violation of this
(Source: P.A. 94-239, eff. 1-1-06; 94-241, eff. 1-1-06; 95-310,
eff. 1-1-08; 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)
This Act takes effect January