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
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
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,
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