The Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are teaming up to host free Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) events this summer throughout Northern Illinois.
The goals are to help keep children safe and parents worry-free – every trip, every time.
At K.I.S.S. events, certified child passenger safety technicians check child safety seats and help with proper installation. Also, specially trained professionals take photographs and fingerprints of children 3 and older and gather vital information* to include on an ID card that parents and caregivers can reference in an emergency.
* Neither Illinois State Police nor the Illinois Tollway keeps this information in a database. Once the ID card is issued to the guardian, the information is deleted.
The Importance of Safety Seat Inspections and Child Identification Cards
Why? Approximately 90 percent of child safety seats inspected by the Illinois State Police are installed improperly.
- Properly installed child safety seats significantly reduce the risk of injury or greater tragedy for children in the event of a crash.
- A properly secured child safety seat is one less distraction for drivers.
- Inspections allow parents and caregivers to make sure they're in compliance with Illinois law.
Why? More than 2,100 children – almost two children per minute – are reported missing every day in this country, and more than one-third of parents wouldn't be able to accurately describe their child to law enforcement, including details of exact height and weight, as well as their child's eye color.
- Every parent has experienced the panic of not knowing where their child is, if only for a minute. Parents should always be prepared with child ID cards.
- Many lost children can be located if parents immediately provide police with an accurate description of the child.
- Three ID cards will be provided – one for home and two for a wallet or purse.
- Registration for kids' ID cards ends 30 minutes prior to the end of the event.
To schedule an event, please contact Illinois State Police District 15 at – 630-241-6800 ext. 5009.
2015 Schedule of K.I.S.S. Events
|May 16||10 a.m. to 3 p.m.||Gurnee Mills|
|May 30||10 a.m. to 2 p.m.||O'Hare Oasis|
|June 13||10 a.m. to 2 p.m.||Ikea Bolingbrook|
|June 27||10 a.m. to 2 p.m.||Hinsdale Oasis|
|July 11||10 a.m. to 2 p.m.||Ikea Schaumburg|
|July 25||10 a.m. to 2 p.m.||Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis|
|August 1||10 a.m. to 2 p.m.||Kohl Children's Museum in Glenview|
|August 8||3 p.m. to 5 p.m.||The Promenade Bolingbrook|
|August 22||10 a.m. to 2 p.m.||Discovery Center Museum in Rockford|
|September 19||10 a.m. to 2 p.m.||Family Safety Fair in Downers Grove|
The safest place for infants, toddlers and young children to ride is in the back seat with the appropriate child safety seat for their age and weight.
Some of the more common problems District 15 inspectors pinpoint include:
- Too much slack in harness straps
- Not properly anchoring the car seat
- Improper seat size for the child's weight
- Need for booster seats for older children
Other child seat safety tips:
- Infants should ride rear-facing until 2 years of age, longer if possible, to protect their developing muscles and bones. Rear-facing child safety seats protect a growing baby's head, neck and back in a crash.
- Toddlers and young children should ride in a child safety seat with an internal harness until they reach the maximum harness limit of the child restraint.
- A booster seat is the most effective way to position a safety belt properly on a young child's growing body.
- Safety belts are designed for adults who are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. Until age 8, most children have not developed strong hipbones and their legs and bodies are too short for the adult safety belt to fit correctly without use of a booster seat.