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Quinn Legislates Back Seat Belts



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    Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday to help keep Illinois passengers safer.

    The bill requires all passengers in moving vehicles, including those in the back seat to wear a seat belt.

    Quinn said that the legislation is an important step to save lives.

    The law will go into effect on the first of the new year. Under the current law, only those riding in the front seat, or anyone under the age of 18 are required to buckle up.

    This is just the latest in a string of increased safety measures to protect Illinois drivers. Other actions that the state has taken include banning texting while driving and increasing the amount of training student drivers must go through.

    According to Secretary of State Jesse White, the new legislation will not only protect those in the backseat, but those in the front, in the chance that they would be thrown forward.

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