Pat Quinn, Governor
Maintaining safe travel on our roadways is a top priority for Illinois. Saving lives continues to be a primary goal.
Before the primary safety belt law was signed in 2003, giving law enforcement the power to pull
drivers over for not wearing safety belts, the safety belt usage rate was 76.2 percent. Illinois recorded 1,454 fatalities during that year and over 131,000 injuries.
Five years later, safety belt usage skyrocketed to an all-time high of 91.7 percent. In 2008 Illinois recorded 1,043 fatalities, the lowest number of persons killed in crashes since 1923, and approximately 94,000 injuries. We believe these reductions are evident that Illinois’ traffic safety efforts are working.
Thank you for helping make travel safer in Illinois. Please, remember to buckle up and drive responsibly.