Years-long Fight Against Seat Belt Ticket Ends in Defeat

After a two-hour trial, a McHenry County jury found Ken Prazak guilty yesterday. He was ordered to pay the 25-dollars. The judge also gave him 100 days of probation.

The painting contractor from East Dundee maintains the law requiring drivers to wear seat belts is unconstitutional. He also believes seat belts make some drive more recklessly because they feel secure.

Prazak was ticketed in July 2003 by a police officer passed him on the road.

Illinois, which is one of 49 states with mandatory seat-belt laws, also is among the more than 20 states that allow police to stop drivers just for failing to buckle up.

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