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(a) Each driver and front seat passenger of a passenger motor vehicle shall wear properly adjusted and fastened seat safety belts, except that a child less than six years of age shall be protected as required by the Child Passenger Protection Act of the State of Illinois. Each driver of a passenger motor vehicle transporting a child six years of age or more, but less than 16 years of age, in the front seat of a passenger motor vehicle shall be responsible for securing such child in a properly adjusted and fastened seat safety belt. For the purposes of this section, use of seat safety belts shall include the use of shoulder harnesses where such harness is a standard part of the equipment of the passenger motor vehicle.
(b) All school buses, as defined in Section 1-182 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, codified as 625 ILCS 5/1-182, as amended, that meet the minimum Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 222 for the purposes of transporting children 18 and under shall be equipped with an individual set of seat safety belts meeting Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 208 and 209 as they apply to a multipassenger vehicle with a gross weight at or under 10,000 pounds, in good operating condition for each passenger. No school bus shall be operated unless all passengers' safety belts are fastened.
(c) The provisions of this section shall not apply to:
(1) A driver or passenger frequently stopping and leaving the vehicle or delivering property from the vehicle, if the speed of the vehicle between stops does not exceed 15 miles per hour;
(2) A driver or passenger possessing a written statement from a physician that he or she is unable for medical or physical reasons to wear a seat safety belt;
(3) A driver or passenger possessing a certificate or license endorsement issued by the Motor Vehicle Division of the state or a similar agency in another state or county indicating that the driver or passenger is unable for medical, physical or other valid reasons to wear a seat safety belt;
(4) A driver operating a motor vehicle in reverse;
(5) A passenger motor vehicle manufactured before January 1, 1965;
(6) A motorcycle, motortricycle or moped;
(7) Any passenger motor vehicle which is not required to be equipped with seat safety belts under state or federal law, except school buses;
(8) A passenger motor vehicle operated by a postal carrier of the United States Postal Service while such carrier is performing his or her duties as a postal carrier; or
(9) A school bus transporting students who reside and attend schools situated outside of the city.
(d) Any person who shall violate the provisions of this section shall be fined $25.00.
(Added Coun. J. 7-12-90, p. 18634; Amend Coun. J. 6-29-05, p. 52453, § 1)