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The Morris Police
Department currently has four NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration) Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. The CPS
Technicians can assist you in the correct installation of Child Passenger
Safety restraints and have installed over 125 car seats. Illinois Law
requires children under eight years of age MUST be secured in an approved
child restraint system, more commonly referred to as a child safety
seat. The child safety seat includes infant seats, convertible seats
(rear and forward facing), and booster seats. It is crucial to have
the child safety seats, correctly installed, so they are beneficial
to the children who ride in them. Our CPS Technician can assist you
in the correct and proper installation and use of child safety seats.
Several important points to remember:
- NHTSA and Pediatricians
recommend children should remain in the rear facing position until
they are one year of age AND weighing over 20 pounds.
- For the seat
to work correctly in a crash, the seat should be installed and the
child should be secured, properly.
- After the child
safety seat has been involved in a crash, a new seat should be purchased
for the security of the child.
- The Child Passenger
Protection Act requires that a person transporting a child under the
age of eight is responsible for properly securing the child in an
appropriate child restraint system. An appropriate child restraint
system includes a booster seat.
- A child weighing
more than 40 pounds may be transported in the back seat of a motor
vehicle while wearing only a lap belt if the back seat of the motor
vehicle is not equipped with a combination lap and shoulder belt.
- A person who
transports a child eight years of age or older, but under the age
of 16, is responsible for properly securing that child in seatbelts.
- The parent or
legal guardian of a child under the age of eight years must provide
a child restraint system to any person who transports his or her child.
Any person who transports the child of another is not in violation
of the law unless the child restraint system provided by the parent
or legal guardian was not used to transport the child.
be secured in a child safety seat until the child sits all the way
back against the auto seat, the child's knees bend comfortably at
the edge of the auto seat, and the lap belt is positioned on top of
the child's thighs, the shoulder belt is centered on the shoulder's
and the chest and the child can stay seated in this position for the
entire trip. If the child does not conform to the aforementioned criteria,
the child should be in a booster seat
If you have questions
or require installation assistance, please contact the Morris Police
Department, (815) 942-2131, and set an appointment with one of our CPS
Technicians: Officer Scott Ator, Officer Paul Cheskie, Officer Steve Huettemann, Officer Tony Puleo, Sergeant Gregg Sager, Officer Eric Washburn, and Officer Ben Wiechen.
for more information and resources regarding child passenger safety