Rod R. Blagojevich, Governor
Keeping people safe on Illinois roadways continues
to be a top priority for my administration.
I had one primary goal in mind when I signed the
primary safety belt law in 2003 giving law
enforcement the power to pull drivers over for not
wearing safety belts, and that goal was saving lives.
The safety belt usage rate is now 90.5 percent and
for the second consecutive year, we have recorded
the fewest fatalities on Illinois roadways since 1924.
Illinois had a total of 1,248 fatalities at the end of
Over 200 fewer people were killed on Illinois
roadways during 2007 than 2003, and over 28,000
fewer people were injured. This is clear and
convincing evidence that the law is working and
that safety belts do save lives.
Please remember to buckle up, every trip, every
Rod R. Blagojevich