Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) Events

Child Safety Seat Basics      

The Illinois Tollway and State Police District 15 help keep kids safe.

7th Annual Family Safety Fair

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September 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Illinois Tollway and Illinois Police District 15 will host the 7th Annual Family Safety Fair to help keep children safe and parents, grandparents and caregivers worry-free – every trip, every time.

The event brings fun and safety together with family-friendly entertainment and activities and the opportunity for free kids' identification cards and child safety seat inspection and installation.

This year's Family Safety Fair coincides with Child Passenger Safety Week (September 14-20) and National Seat Check Saturday, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign reminding everyone of the lifesaving effect child safety seats have in protecting children from birth through age 12.

The 7th Annual Family Safety Fair will take place at the Illinois Tollway's headquarters at 2700 Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove.

Safety services, demonstrations and resources

  • Child safety seat inspections and installations by certified professionals
  • Free identification cards for children ages 3 and older
  • Seatbelt safety demonstrations with District 15's Roll 15 rollover simulator and the Convincer crash simulator
  • Drive for Life hands-on, behind-the-wheel experience that demonstrates the dangers of drinking and driving
  • Safety seat recall information

Fun for everyone

  • The Jesse White Tumbling Team performing acrobatic feats beginning at 1:15 p.m.
  • Students from Rock Academy in Downers Grove playing rock ‘n' roll favorites from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • DuPage Children's Museum bringing a sampling of some of its popular interactive exhibits
  • District 15 demonstrating how its K-9 unit assists troopers at 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • District 15 police motorcycle demonstration at 1:40 p.m.
  • Inflatable fire truck slide

Touch-a-Truck

  • 26-ton Illinois Tollway snowplow and Highway Emergency Lane Patrol (H.E.L.P.) truck
  • District 15 squad cars and motorcycles
  • Illinois State Police SWAT team tactical response truck 
  • DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management public education vehicle featuring interactive demonstrations on emergency preparedness
  • Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District fire truck and ambulance
  • Pace express bus from the popular Bus on Shoulders Program

And more!

  • iCash program representatives to help Illinois residents discover their unclaimed property
  • MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) with information about MADD's campaign to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking and about victim support services
  • Walgreens healthcare services information, games and complimentary refreshments
  • Illinois Secretary of State sign-up for organ and tissue donation

 

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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.
  • Kids Identification Card ImageSpecially 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.

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2014 K.I.S.S. Event Schedule

June 28 Ikea in Bolingbrook
750 East Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
July 3 Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis
South Holland
Tri-State Tollway (I-294/I-80) mile post 1
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
July 5 Kohl Children's Museum
2100 Patriot Boulevard
Glenview, IL 60026
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
July 18 Walgreens in Downers Grove
1000 Ogden Avenue
Downers Grove, IL, 60515
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
July 25 Walgreens in Streamwood
13 East Irving Park Road
Streamwood, IL, 60107
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
July 26 Ikea in Schaumburg
1800 McConnor Parkway
Schaumburg, IL 60173
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
August 1 Walgreens in Schaumburg
1180 South Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL 60193
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
August 9 Discovery Center Museum
711 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
August 15 Walgreens in Aurora
1180 North Farnsworth Avenue
Aurora, IL 60505
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
August 16 Hinsdale Oasis
Tri-State Tollway (I-294) mile post 25
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
August 22 Walgreens in Lemont
15575 East 127th Street
Lemont, IL 60439
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
August 30 DuPage Children's Museum
301 North Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60540
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
September 20 Family Safety Fair
Illinois Tollway Headquarters
2700 Ogden Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Child Safety Seat Basics

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.

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