Geneva Board Gives Up Its Plans for Own Seat Belt Law
Ferak, John, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: John Ferak Daily Herald Staff Writer
Don't add Geneva to the growing list of communities allowing their police departments to crack down on seat belt violators.
Because of public resistance and legal issues locally, Geneva is dropping plans to craft a stricter seat belt law, Police Chief Bill Kidwell said.
"I don't know if it is in the best interest of Geneva residents," Kidwell said. "They would be the ones most effected."
Geneva's law would have given officers the right to pull a motorist over solely for a seat belt violation. The penalty would have been a $55 fine.
More than 40 Illinois communities have passed similar seat belt ordinances.
Currently, all Tri-Cities police departments follow state law. That means police need another reason to stop your vehicle, such as speeding or a broken taillight.
Judges recently have challenged local seat belt laws in Lincolnshire and Mundelein by throwing out tickets.
"It boils down to the judge felt we couldn't supersede state law, even given the fact we are home rule," Lincolnshire Police Chief Randall Melvin said. …