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Child Seat Educational Program
Families interested in attending an educational program to learn more about how booster seats protect children may contact Trooper Tammy Welborn at 217-342-7812 for more information.
District 12 Commander Captain Kelly Hodge reminds that Illinois law requires that all children under the age of eight be properly restrained in an appropriate car seat or booster seat. Additionally,
even though a child turns eight years old, it doesn't mean he or she is big enough to sit without a booster seat.
There's a five-step test to take to see whether a child is big enough to stop using a booster seat:
--does the child sit all the way back against the vehicle seat?
--do the child's knees completely bend over the edge of the vehicle seat with the feet touching the floor?
--does the shoulder belt cross the child's shoulder between the neck and arm and the lap belt fit low and snug across the hips?
--does the vehicle seat provide the child with adequate head protection?
--can the child stay seated in this position for the entire trip?
If the answer to any of these questions is No, police say he's not ready to use an adult seat belt and should continue to use the booster seat until the adult seat belt fits appropriately.