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Passengers under 16 must buckle up

IDOT has free child safety seat checkpoints during
National Child Passenger Safety Week      
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[FEB. 9, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- In an extra effort to promote safe travel for Illinois' children, the Illinois Department of Transportation will have free child safety seat inspection checkpoints statewide for parents and guardians during National Child Passenger Safety Week, Feb. 8-14.

Along with inspecting child safety seats, local certified technicians will be on hand to answer questions regarding laws affecting children in vehicles. As of Jan. 1, 2004, the law states that anyone under 16 traveling in a vehicle must be buckled up. Children under the age of 8 must be properly restrained in either a safety seat or a booster seat.

"These child safety seat inspections are essential to making sure our children are protected while traveling," said Timothy W. Martin, secretary of IDOT. "It is imperative for communities throughout the state to take part in these events. Without the support of our local communities and volunteers, the message of protecting our children on our roads will not be heard."

These statewide checkpoints are in coordination with Gov. Rod Blagojevich's commitment to the safety of Illinois' children. The governor's "Keep Our Kids Warm and Safe" campaign, which kicked off during the holiday season, was successful in collecting more than 650 winter clothing items for needy children across the state.

Various events and activities are taking place across Illinois to promote National Child Passenger Safety Week. Activities in central Illinois are listed below.

Central region

Feb. 7, 8 a.m.-noon -- The Illinois Child Passenger Safety Resource Center will provide training for child-care providers. The educational session will be at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, 1000 Health Center Drive in Mattoon. Please call (877) 581-5881 to register.

Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Child safety seat checks will take place at Mitchell-Jerdan Ambulance, 1200 Wabash Ave. in Mattoon.

Feb. 12, 3-5 p.m. -- Booster seat education will be provided at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, 1000 Health Center Drive in Mattoon.

Feb. 14, 9 a.m.-noon -- Child safety seat checks will take place at the Mattoon Fire Department, 1812 Prairie Ave. in Mattoon.

 

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Macon County Safe Kids

Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Child safety seat educational training will be provided at the Macon County Health Department, 1221 E. Condit St. in Decatur.

Feb. 10, 3-6 p.m. -- A child safety seat inspection will take place at Fire Station 1, North Water Street in Decatur.

Peoria Area Safe Kids

Feb. 10, 1-4:30 p.m. -- A child safety seat inspection will take place at the Pekin Fire Department Station 1. Please call the Peoria Area Safe Kids at (309) 671-4602 for an appointment.

Feb. 12, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. -- An Operation Kids-RN class will be at the American Red Cross, 311 John Gwynn Drive in Peoria. For further information, contact Char Troyer at (309) 671-4602 to register.

Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. -- A child safety seat inspection will take place at Saturn of Peoria, 2300 West Pioneer Parkway in Peoria.

Springfield Think First program

Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-noon -- A child safety seat inspection will take place at Friendly Chevrolet, 2540 Prairie Crossing in Springfield.

Macoupin County Safe Kids

Feb. 15, 1-4 p.m. -- A child safety seat inspection will take place at the Benld Fire Department, located on Central Avenue in Benld.

Champaign County Safe Kids

Feb. 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. -- A child safety seat inspection will take place at Pro Ambulance, 408 S. Neil in Champaign.

Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. -- A child safety seat inspection will take place at Pro Ambulance, 408 S. Neil in Champaign.

Feb. 12, 2-4 p.m. -- A child safety seat inspection will take place at Pro Ambulance, 408 S. Neil in Champaign.

[Illinois Department of Transportation
news release]

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