The Importance of Safety Seat Inspections and Child Identification Cards
Why? 90 percent of child safety seats inspected by the Illinois State Police are installed improperly – up from 80 percent last year.
- Certified passenger safety technicians will provide safety seat inspections and installation.
- Properly installed safety seats significantly reduce the risk of injury and can save lives in an accident.
- 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 34 percent 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.
- Specially trained professionals will take kids' photographs and fingerprints of children 3 and older, and gather vital information* to include on an ID card that can be referenced in an emergency.
- Many lost children can be located if parents immediately provide police with an accurate description of the child.
- Two ID cards will be provided – one for home and one for a wallet or purse.
- Registration for kids' ID cards ends 30 minutes prior to the end of the event.
*Information will not be stored.
To schedule an event, please contact Illinois State Police District 15 Trooper Dwayne McClain – 630-241-6800 extension 5009.
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 an accident.
- Toddlers and young children up to age 4 should ride in a child safety seat with an internal harness until they reach the maximum harness limit of up to 40 pounds.
- 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 body are too short for the adult safety belt to fit correctly without use of a booster seat.