SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Record seat-belt usage in Illinois

Friday, Aug 31, 2012

* From a press release…

Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois has achieved an all-time high seat belt usage rate in 2012. Federal observational surveys showed that 93.6 percent of front-seat passengers were using seat belts as of June, up from 92.9 percent last year and above the national average of 84 percent. The governor credited this significant public safety achievement to impactful awareness campaigns, motorist compliance, strategic partnerships with state and local law enforcement, and strengthened traffic safety legislation. Governor Quinn also urged travelers to drive safely during the Labor Day weekend.

“Labor Day Weekend should be a time of parades, barbeques and baseball, not sitting in a hospital ER, wondering if a loved one will survive a crash,” Governor Quinn said. “Seat belts save lives, and Illinois’ high seat belt usage rate is the result of our comprehensive efforts to ensure that drivers in Illinois are buckling up. When traveling this Labor Day, make sure everyone is buckled up, including those in the back seat, and such precious cargo as infants, the elderly and pets.”

Prior to the primary safety belt law, police could not pull a driver over based solely on a seat belt violation. Since the primary belt law was enacted in July 2003, belt usage has climbed each consecutive year, going up 17.4 percentage points from 76.2 percent in 2003 to nearly 94 percent in 2012.

“Through our effective partnerships with law enforcement and advocacy groups across Illinois, we have been able to achieve a record rate of seat belt usage,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said. “The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is working diligently toward 100 percent statewide usage and to help drive zero road fatalities to reality.”

Additional legislation signed by Governor Quinn last summer required that all passengers buckle up, including those riding in the back seat of vehicles, to help further prevent traffic accident-related injuries or fatalities. Along with successful awareness programs and enforcement efforts, these laws have helped lead to an overall reduction in fatalities on Illinois roads over the last ten years.

Do you always buckle up?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Robert the Bruce (formerly just Robert) - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 10:55 am:

    Yes. Two years ago, thanks to my wife’s insistence, I got in the habit of buckling up even when I’m in the back seat. I hadn’t realized that back seat buckling up was the law

  2. - Rich Miller Sr - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 10:56 am:

    Yes I always buckle up! Not doing so is a mark of stupidity.

  3. - Springfield Dan - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 10:57 am:

    So PQ has that going for him…….

  4. - Just Observing - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 10:57 am:

    Always — I think its incredibly stupid not to. That being said, except for children, I don’t think the state has the right to mandate it.

  5. - VanillaMan - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 10:58 am:

    Ever since the creation of the modern three point safety belt, I have always buckled up

  6. - Colossus - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 10:59 am:

    Every time. Small kids in the car, got to set a good example.

    Plus I don’t like the idea of giving the police an excuse to pull me over and fill some quotas.

  7. - Ken_in_Aurora - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:01 am:

    Always - I’ve even worn out seatbelts in my car requiring them to be replaced!

  8. - Shore - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:02 am:

    yes, but I am now incredibly scared to death about smart phone usage by kids and people while they drive. If it hasn’t already been introduced or done some legislator who reads this has my permission to introduce legislation banning any phone use and imposing stiffer fines on texting while driving.

  9. - Way Way Down Here - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:02 am:

    Always. I see way too many people nearly cross the center line into my oncoming lane. ALL of them are looking down at their phones.

  10. - ArchPundit - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:03 am:

    Always. I flipped a car three days after getting my license (yeah, I know). The only damage to me was a small, small nick on my finger from crawling out the windshield space. Well and my ego.

    Another time I was hit and it kept me behind the wheel and in control of the car.

  11. - Cincinnatus - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:12 am:

    I buckle up 100% of the time. It is such a routine habit, I sometimes buckle the seatbelt when I move the car out of the garage to get something on the shelf behind.

  12. - Just Observing - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:12 am:

    ArchPundit: Don’t feel bad… I got in my first car accident five days after getting my license (albeit not too bad).

  13. - Jimmy87 - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:16 am:

    No I do not, I know I should, but I don’t - especially in low speed areas while dressed in work attire. I don’t particularly like wearing the seat belt in a shirt and tie, even if I take off my jacket. I know it’s a dumb reason and you won’t get any argument from me, but I hate the fact that Illinois (rather, the insurance companies) mandates it.

    Furthermore, the notion that IDOT thinks they can “help drive zero road fatalities to reality,” is extremely disillusioned. Zero road fatalities? Please. That’s never going to happen, seat belts or not.

  14. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:18 am:

    Are the elderly cargo? Do they make seatbelts for dogs?

  15. - Rich Miller - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:20 am:

    Archpundit, I was pulled over for drag racing near my high school less than a week after I got my license. I was driving my parents’ Datsun 510 station wagon and the cop thought it was so hilarious that I was racing in such an automobile that he let us go. Never did that again.

  16. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:20 am:

    And if the elderly are cargo, does this mean Mitt can just strap ‘em to the roof?

  17. - Cincinnatus - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:25 am:


    Or maybe the Obama approach of having them FOR lunch?

  18. - wordslinger - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:25 am:

    Always. The law came into effect a few years after I got my license, and I resented it at first. But I was just a dumb kid.

    It’s funny to remember the strong backlash against the law back then. Kind of like the ban on smoking on trains and planes.

  19. - ArchPundit - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:27 am:

    Rich-before I got to the officer letting you off, I was laughing at racing in a Datsun 510.

    The officer who came out to the accident kind of looked at it, looked at me, and said, “Can I trust that you have learned your lesson here.”

    “Yes sir”

    No ticket–not that I was that worried about a ticket at that point.

  20. - Rich Miller - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:31 am:

    By the way, I was racing a Mustang. I recall the cop being impressed that I would take on such a car.

  21. - ArchPundit - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:34 am:

    Was there a victor?

  22. - OneMan - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:45 am:

    Yep, thanks to the wife who used to work ICU in Springfield and an accident we came upon years ago where we didn’t realize at first what we thought was a pile of clothes was a person who had been tossed from the car.

  23. - Louis G. Atsaves - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:54 am:

    Yes. I actually now feel self-conscious if I don’t immediately buckle up. Who says you can’t train an old dog?

  24. - Plutocrat03 - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 11:58 am:

    Always wear wear restraints provided in cars and airplanes, helmet on the track…

    I don’t move the car if any occupant is unbelted.

  25. - 3rd Generation Chicago Native - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 12:14 pm:

    I always buckle up, because it’s easier to be safe than sorry. I have seen too many accidents it’s not worth the risk, or the horror stories my cousin who is a paramedic tells of what he has seen or people who did not use seatbealts. People do come out of an accident in so much better condition with seat belt use. Ask any paramedic.

  26. - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 12:19 pm:

    Always. Been rear-ended on the highway and am grateful to my belt.

  27. - titan - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 12:37 pm:

    I got myself into the habit of buckling up every time I dirve or ride. Always carseated the kids too.

  28. - Rich Miller Sr - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 1:08 pm:

    15 years ago today Princess Di and two others were killed in a car racing around city streets, one person survived-the only one wearing a seatbelt! Evan royalty can be stupid!

  29. - dupage dan - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 1:45 pm:

    I always buckle up & wear a helmet when on a motorcycle. Got tossed off a motorbike once years ago and landed on my head. Helmet protected me from anything more than a mild concussion. A person not wearing a seat belt is a fool.

  30. - Crime Fighter - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 2:51 pm:

    Given the lack of policymakers’ and law enforcement’s support for basic right-of-way and lane usage rules, seat belts and helmets have proven useful.

  31. - walkinfool - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 2:54 pm:

    Yep. Along with always demanding it of my passengers. Got into the habit in pilot training.

  32. - reformer - Friday, Aug 31, 12 @ 4:43 pm:

    This is a classic case of the powerful educational function of law.

    In 1985, the year the first mandatory use law was enacted, just 15% of Illinois motorists buckled up. Today it’s nearly 94%. An incredible change in behavior leading to a marked reduction in fatalities.

    My libertarian friends are reluctant to admit that government can ever do anything good. They still don’t like safety belt use laws, despite the proven effectiveness.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* One more day
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Sign of the times?
* Question of the day
* Exelon Just Received A $1.7 Billion Rate Increase Through The Market-Based Capacity Auction
* Today's number: 60
* No imminent power shut-offs
* Chamber all-in on impasse
* COGFA: State receipts down almost a billion dollars in first quarter
* Two racetracks will likely close
* "How many babies have to die?"
* Report: "A billion-dollar giveaway rife with failure"
* Frerichs warns of impasse consequences
* Quinn touring the state
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...







Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

    * Could the LG G2 get Android 6.0?
    * Some Android fans not happy with the Nexus’ USB Type-C
    * Adobe launches Illustrator Draw and Capture CC apps for Android
    * OnePlus starts selling its USB Type-C cable for just $5.49
    * Win an HTC One M9 from Pocketnow and AT&T
    * Cyanogen-powered ZUK Z1 ready for purchase in Spain and France via eBay
    * Chromecast (2015) review: A more well-rounded streaming device from Google

    * Montas solid, but offense silenced in finale
    * Sale, Abreu among White Sox record setters
    * Tigers 6, White Sox 0: And Seth Smith shall protect them
    * Montas solid, but offense silenced in finale
    * Hahn discusses Garcia's future with White Sox
    * Eaton, Flowers to have offseason surgery
    * Garcia gives White Sox walk-off win vs. Tigers


    Main Menu
    Pundit rankings
    Subscriber Content
    Blagojevich Trial
    Updated Posts

    October 2015
    September 2015
    August 2015
    July 2015
    June 2015
    May 2015
    April 2015
    March 2015
    February 2015
    January 2015
    December 2014
    November 2014
    October 2014
    September 2014
    August 2014
    July 2014
    June 2014
    May 2014
    April 2014
    March 2014
    February 2014
    January 2014
    December 2013
    November 2013
    October 2013
    September 2013
    August 2013
    July 2013
    June 2013
    May 2013
    April 2013
    March 2013
    February 2013
    January 2013
    December 2012
    November 2012
    October 2012
    September 2012
    August 2012
    July 2012
    June 2012
    May 2012
    April 2012
    March 2012
    February 2012
    January 2012
    December 2011
    November 2011
    October 2011
    September 2011
    August 2011
    July 2011
    June 2011
    May 2011
    April 2011
    March 2011
    February 2011
    January 2011
    December 2010
    November 2010
    October 2010
    September 2010
    August 2010
    July 2010
    June 2010
    May 2010
    April 2010
    March 2010
    February 2010
    January 2010
    December 2009
    November 2009
    October 2009
    September 2009
    August 2009
    July 2009
    June 2009
    May 2009
    April 2009
    March 2009
    February 2009
    January 2009
    December 2008
    November 2008
    October 2008
    September 2008
    August 2008
    July 2008
    June 2008
    May 2008
    April 2008
    March 2008
    February 2008
    January 2008
    December 2007
    November 2007
    October 2007
    September 2007
    August 2007
    July 2007
    June 2007
    May 2007
    April 2007
    March 2007
    February 2007
    January 2007
    December 2006
    November 2006
    October 2006
    September 2006
    August 2006
    July 2006
    June 2006
    May 2006
    April 2006
    March 2006
    February 2006
    January 2006
    December 2005
    April 2005
    March 2005
    February 2005
    January 2005
    December 2004
    November 2004
    October 2004

    Blog*Spot Archives
    November 2005
    October 2005
    September 2005
    August 2005
    July 2005
    June 2005
    May 2005


    RSS Feed 2.0
    Comments RSS 2.0


    * Verizon moving center to Rolling Meadows, adding 200 jobs
    * Report shows steep increase in Indiana homeless students
    * Illinois to implement new ratings for schools, districts
    * Elgin schools CEO frustrated with lack of Legionella advice
    * Illinois Senate to get 2 new members to fill vacancies
    * Number of Chicago heroin overdoses hits 74 in 3 days
    * Car crashes into northern Illinois church, injuring 6
    * University of Illinois opens center for wounded veterans
    * Opponents upset Chief Illiniwek merchandise available online
    * Chicago man charged in 20-month-old's death acquitted

    * Illinois to implement new ratings for schools, districts
    * Budget impasse cuts services for domestic abuse victims
    * Weaver tapped to replace LaHood in Illinois Senate
    * Peoria city councilman tapped to replace Darin LaHood in Illinois Senate
    * Illinois budget impasse affecting emergency call systems
    * Legal marijuana stirs hope in southern Illinois town
    * Statehouse Insider: We have a problem. Is anyone there?
    * AP Exclusive: Legal marijuana stirs hope in southern Illinois town
    * Gov. Rauner: Illinois budget standoff 'could go on for a while'
    * State revenues down by nearly $1 billion in first quarter

    * Baxalta reaches milestone in besting AbbVie's blockbuster drug
    * Michael Bozic, who confronted Sisyphean task as Sears merchandise chief, dies at 74
    * Sun-Times chief Knight hits the exit
    * It's harvest time for Illinois' first medical marijuana crop
    * America's beaten-down factory worker is getting squeezed again

    * Mantuano, Contino, Joho among Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame inductees
    * Suspect in terrorist bomb plot for Chicago is found mentally fit for trial
    * Rubio names Lisle state senator to lead his GOP presidential bid in Illinois
    * Anne Dias Griffin could testify Tuesday in divorce trial
    * Kristin Cavallari describes life in the Cutler home during Bears season
    * Famous Naperville Halloween house goes dark
    * Fewer shot this weekend in city than any since February
    * Legal marijuana stirs hope in Illinois town
    * 'She said the security guard tried to sell her heroin, but she does crack'
    * Morning Spin: Garcia re-emerges as Emanuel critic

    * Illinois to implement new ratings for schools, districts
    * Paul Findley: Boehner deserves souvenir from Pope's visit
    * Budget impasse cuts services for domestic abuse victims
    * Weaver tapped to replace LaHood in Illinois Senate
    * Illinois budget impasse affecting emergency call systems
    * Legal marijuana stirs hope in southern Illinois town
    * Bernard Schoenburg: An added loss for workers at Illinois State Museum
    * Angie Muhs: Comics, the 'Power of the Press' and more
    * Bernard Schoenburg: An added loss for workers at Illinois State Museum
    * Statehouse Insider: We have a problem. Is anyone there?

    * LIVE! Cubit talking Iowa
    * Refs to Illinois: Our bad (And Cubit reaction)
    * Video: Where Am I? Oct. 5, 2015
    * 10-05-15 Monday Morning Quarterbacks
    * Confusion reigns in Illinois-Nebraska game
    * PODCAST: Central Illinois Business 10-3-15
    * Oct. 6 Illini volleyball & women's basketball chat
    * Refs to Illinois: Our bad
    * Illinois to implement new ratings for schools, districts
    * Illinois Senate to get 2 new members to fill vacancies

    * NY Rangers bring back core with another playoff run in mind
    * Tribune issues buyouts, Wrapports executive leaves
    * Kansas State football player Moore arrested on DUI
    * Dolphins coach Joe Philbin fired 4 games into his 4th season
    * Supreme Court declines to review insider trading case

    * House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
    * Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
    * The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
    * Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
    * Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
    * CBD Oil, and politics
    * Simon considering state Senate bid
    * Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
    * Shutdown? State may not notice
    * Rep. Bob Dold

    * More evidence of 'false promises' of Durbi......
    * Judiciary Committee Reaches Agreement on P......

    * Illinois Senator betting on Cubs in friend......
    * PA-Sen: Toomey Betting on the Bucs - Polit......
    * Senator Mark Kirk & Pennsylvania Senator P......

    * Gutierrez pushes Congress to provide healthcare for 11 million non-citizens
    * Where's Weyermuller? At Wheeling Township GOP Women's 2015 Luncheon
    * U.S. Education Secretary Arne Ducan To Resign In December
    * Chicago Alderman Stalls Charter School Moratorium Resolution
    * Illinois AFL-CIO Endorses Duckworth, Mendoza for 2016 Primary
    * Next 10 general admission registrants for Vertex 15 Conference get extras
    * Morning Minute: Gearing up to buy a home? Here’s a checklist to help you get ready
    * Another job hunting anniversary coming up...
    * Levine appointed as New Trier GOP committeeman
    * Due to budget impasse, Secretary of State suspends mailing license renewal notices

      Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller