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Should we have to wear seat belts in the backseat?... in Illinois, maybe.

by Mark Schnyder

KMOV.com

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 11:26 AM

The Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill requiring almost everyone wear a seat belt in the backseat.  If it becomes law, Illinois would be the 12th state to do so.

I talked to a few folks in Fairview Heights Friday.  Surprisingly all three had similar opinions... Yes, it's a good idea to wear a seat belt in the backseat, but we'd rather the government stay out of it.

Proponents in the legislature say people have been unnecessarily injured or killed because they didn't wear a seat belt while riding in the backseat. 

Opponents say wearing a seat belt as a backseat passenger should be a personal decision and some aren't convinced wearing seat belts in the back seat saves lives.

Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.  He can be reached at MSchnyder@kmov.com.

 

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