Saved by the Safety Belt


Do You Have a Nominee for the Illinois Saved by the Safety Belt/Child Restraint Club?


Saved by the Seat Belt is a statewide program to increase awareness of the lifesaving value of seat belts through public recognition of individuals who survived traffic crashes because they were properly restrained.


Who Qualifies?

  • The survivor involved in a 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.

Eligibility will be determined after review of the standard Illinois Traffic Crash Report; a copy must be included with the application to be considered. Photographs of the crashes are recommended but not required. The decisions of the committee are final. Unfortunately, nominating information cannot be returned to the submitting agency. We are asking for your help locating incidents that would qualify for recognition.


This application must be used, no other versions will be considered.


All certificates and awards are obtained with federal highway safety funds provided to the Illinois Department of Transportation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For further information contact: : Jessi Hopkins, Occupant Protection Coordinator at


Please take a look at the some of our true stories from individuals whose lives were saved from wearing safety belt.