The Champaign Police Department will be Enforcing Seat Belt Compliance This Holiday Season

Officers will be looking for, and ticketing, individuals who aren’t buckled up. It is the law in Illinois to wear your seat belt, no matter where you are seated in the vehicle.


  • Illinois law requires seat belt use in all seating positions. It doesn’t matter if you are in the front seat or back seat. Unbelted occupants pose an increased risk of injury or death by becoming projectiles in a crash.


  • On average, half of all roadway fatalities involve unbelted drivers or vehicle passengers.


  • Illinois law enforcement reminds you they will be out in force day and night—if you are not wearing your seat belt, in the front or back seat, the fine is $60.


  • The best defense against a drunk driver is a seat belt.  Buckle up – day or night.


  • Surviving your holiday drive this year – and making it to next Christmas – can be as simple as buckling up.  In the last decade, seat belts saved the lives of more than 100,000 people in the United States.


The enforcement effort is made possible by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.