Child Passenger Safety
 

The Illinois Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering (BSPE) supports child passenger safety (CPS) and the state’s over 1500 certified CPS Technicians by offering training, continuing education, and support materials to educate parents/guardians on the proper use of car seats and booster seats.
 

According to Illinois law, children must be restrained in an appropriate car seat/booster seat until age eight (8), but proper selection and use are best determined on a case by case basis. It is recommended that children stay restrained in their car seats until they outgrow the height and weight limits. This often means keeping children in boosters far beyond age 8. To see if your child is ready for the seat belt, try this 5-step test.
 

As a general rule, children travel in vehicles in these four steps:

  • Rear Facing (birth - age 2+)

  • Forward Facing (age 2 - age 7)

  • Booster Seats (age 4 - age 12)

  • Seat Belts (age 8+)
     

Individuals interested in becoming certified child passenger safety technicians (CPSTs) should visit Safe Kids Worldwide for more details.
 

To locate a CPS Technician in your area, click here.