That police officer writing you a ticket for not wearing a seat belt is exempt from that very law. In what's actually a clarification of the Illinois seat belt law, a new law signed by the governor exempts cops on duty while holding firefighters to the law. “When the original bill a few years ago was passed requiring seat belts for everyone, there was an exemption for public safety,” says the sponsor of this clarifying law, State Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson).
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“The fire service did not want to be exempt, and what this bill does is remove that exemption. Police will still have the exemption.” Moffitt says police wanted the flexibility to be able to jump out of their cars quickly, while fire chiefs believe buckling up is best for their men and women.