Full Text of HB4660 97th General Assembly
HB4660eng 97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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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 passenger of a motor vehicle operated
street or highway in this State shall wear a properly
fastened seat safety belt. A child less than 8
years of age shall
be protected as required pursuant to the
Child Passenger Protection Act.
Each driver of a motor vehicle
transporting a child 8 years of age or
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. Each driver of a motor vehicle transporting a
passenger who is unable, due to infirmity, illness, or age, to
properly adjust and
fasten a seat
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:
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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 moped.
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.
10. A driver or passenger of an authorized emergency
11. A back seat passenger of a taxicab.
12. A back seat passenger of a limousine as defined by
Section 1-139.1 of this Code.
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(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. 96-554, eff. 1-1-10; 96-991, eff. 1-1-11; 97-16,
eff. 1-1-12; 97-333, eff. 8-12-11.)
This Act takes effect upon