Back seat passengers must wear seatbelts. PA 097-0016.September 2011Illinois Law Update, Page 440The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to require all passengers to wear safety belts. (625 ILCS 5/12-603.1). Formerly, the requirement only applied to a driver, front seat passenger, and other riders under the age of 19.
State to promote the use of electric vehicles. PA 097-0089.September 2011Illinois Law Update, Page 440State lawmakers recently passed the Electric Vehicle Act in response to findings that the adoption and use of electric vehicles would improve Illinois residents' health, reduce transportation costs, and shift the demand for imported petroleum to locally produced electricity.
Increased fines for DUI offenders. PA 096-1342August 2011Illinois Law Update, Page 388The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to increase the fine for anyone who is found guilty of or pleads guilty to driving under the influence. 625 ILCS 5/11-501.01.
Death penalty is abolished. PA 096-1543May 2011Illinois Law Update, Page 228Illinois lawmakers have abolished the death penalty in Illinois and all existing sentences may not be imposed. (725 ILCS 5/119-1 new). All monies previously held in the Capital Litigation Trust Fund are now to be used to provide services for families of the victims of homicide and to provide training for law enforcement personnel.