Police could keep an eye on car seats

Local News
Car seat safety_12744057

ILLINOIS (WCIA) — A car seat can save a child’s life in an accident, but it all depends on how it’s positioned.

Pediatricians nationwide agree children under 2 years old, or 40-pounds, should be in a backward facing car seat. But, some parents don’t know that.

Now, the Capitol is stepping in. Some want to make it a law. The point of the bill is to keep kids safe by stopping parents who don’t have car seats properly installed so they can be adjusted.

Right now, several police departments around the state already enforce the recommendation, hosting car seat checks. The bill would require all police departments to be aware of the problem and enforce the rule.

Parents say it’s the right thing to do. According to state police, distracted driving was the number one cause of fatalities last year. Many parents say that’s why mandates like this are so important.

The bill was just proposed in the Senate. If passed, it would go into effect next year. 

Car Seat Safety Check
Decatur Fire Department
1415 North Water Street
(309) 307 – 3334
Saturday, February 3
9 am – Noon

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.