CHICAGO (CBS) — A new seat belt law goes into effect with the ringing in of the New Year on Sunday.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, when the law takes effect, anyone riding in a car, sport-utility vehicle or van will be required to wear a seat belt. Currently, only people in the front seat and children are required to be buckled up.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

Experts say one of the biggest reasons back seat passengers are killed in car crashes is because they were not wearing seat belts.

The bill to tighten seat belt laws was sponsored by Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and the late state Rep. Mark Beaubien Jr. (R-Barrington Hills) and was approved in the summer.

Police will be able to stop your car and give you a ticket even if they just notice one of your passengers was not wearing a belt.

Fines start at $25.

Safety officials also point out that all children under 8 must be restrained in some type of child safety seat, and children under 12 should be riding in the back seat.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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