The Illinois Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering (BSPE) promotes the Saved by the Belt (SBB) award to increase awareness of the lifesaving value of seat belts and car seats. By publicly recognizing individuals who survived traffic crashes because they were properly belted or restrained in a car seat, the SBB award reinforces the importance of buckling up.

Law enforcement, emergency medical providers, and other agencies involved in traffic crash reporting can nominate individuals for the award by completing the application and including a copy of the standard Illinois Crash Report. Photographs are also recommended if available.


Saved by the Belt nomination form - BSPE 1010

Eligibility will be determined after a complete review of the application and supporting documents. Applications will only be considered if:

  • The nominee was involved in crash that occurred in Illinois, regardless of residence
  • No drugs or alcohol were involved on the part of the nominee.
  • The crash was serious (more than a fender bender).
  • The nominee was not cited for a willful or intentional violation of the law or whose actions were responsible for the crash.


To read some Saved by the Belt success stories, click here.


Submit the nomination form electronically or send completed paper form to:

Statewide Occupant Protection Coordinator
Illinois Department of Transportation
Bureau of Safety Programs & Engineering
2300 S. Dirksen Parkway, Room 007
Springfield, IL 62764
Phone: 217/557-2564
Fax: 217/782-0377