Press Release Date:
February 6, 2003
|| Archived February 17, 2003
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today participation in National Child Passenger Safety Week, February 9-15. Throughout the week, officers will be watching for drivers who fail to buckle up child passengers.
ISP Director Sam W. Nolen said, “Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death to children, killing thousands each year. The Illinois State Police, through continued enforcement and education efforts, is committed to reducing the number of these deaths not only during Child Passenger Safety Week, but throughout the entire year. Drivers can also help prevent these tragedies by ensuring everyone riding in their vehicle under the age of 17 is properly restrained.”
The Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act requires that every child under age four must be secured in a child safety seat. Children four years of age or more, but less than 16, must be secured in a seat belt or child safety seat. Children age 16 and 17 must be secured by a safety belt when they are riding in a vehicle driven by a person under the age of 18.
The Illinois State Police offers the following advice when securing children in safety seats:
Children should be placed in the appropriate seat for the child’s age and weight and be facing in the appropriate direction. All children 12 and under should ride in the back seat.
Children birth to at least 20 pounds and one year of age should be in a rear-facing safety seat.
Children at least one year of age and 20 pounds to age four and 40 pounds should be in a forward-facing safety seat.
Children age four to at least age eight and under 4'9" tall should be in a booster seat.
Children at least eight years of age or over 4' 9" tall should be in a seat belt.
Place children in the safety seat properly and ensure the seat belt is securely locked and holding the seat tightly.
Ensure the safety seat is appropriate for the vehicle by reading both the child safety seat and vehicle owner’s manuals.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to have their children’s safety seats inspected for proper installation by contacting the nearest Illinois State Police headquarters.