The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced this week it is renewing its commitment to child safety seat awareness during Child Passenger Safety Week, September 18-24.
ISP and the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) are collaborating this week and throughout the year to provide child safety seat services to Illinois residents.
The purpose of Child Passenger Safety Week is to remind families and motorists about the importance of securing all children in a car seat, booster seat or seatbelt.
“Our goal is to ensure children are properly secured in an appropriate car seat-every trip, every time,” said Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau. “Safety seat programs like this provide parents and guardians with the necessary information and resources to make travelling with young children as safe as possible,” he added.
Throughout the year, DHS provides car seats to qualified individuals. Parents and guardians are encouraged to participate and have their child’s safety seat checked by a certified technician. "As a mother, I know the importance of car safety seats and I encourage all parents to take the time to be educated in the proper installation of car safety seats and learn how to properly secure their child in the seat," said Ivonne Sambolin, Director of the IDHS Division of Community Health and Prevention. "It is our duty to act responsibly and ensure children’s safety."
Both agencies point out that countless lives have already been saved by simply requiring drivers to wear their seat belts. Statistics reveal that over 92 percent of motorists choose to wear their seat belts and officials stress that it is equally important to ensure that children in vehicles are properly secured in the appropriate child safety seat.