As they get set to head off for a day in the city, the local
pool or across the country, too many parents (and grandparents)
think the kids are safe in the backseat. Yet, more than 80 percent
of them aren't because their safety seats are installed
incorrectly, Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur
That's the reason for the yearly push by the Illinois Tollway
and Illinois State Police to get parents to stop at one of the 14
Kids Identification and Safety Seat events this summer to check.
The effort kicks of Saturday at IKEA in Bolingbrook, just off the
Veterans Memorial Tollway (Interstate 355) on Boughton Road. From
10 a.m.-2 p.m., while parents have the child seats checked for fit
and recalls, the kids can climb aboard a Tollway snowplow and a
New this year, the effort - K.I.S.S. for short - will create
free ID cards for kids containing their photo, fingerprints and
vital information in case the kids ever go missing.
With 2,100 children reported missing every day nationwide,
Lafleur says she thinks this is a good way for the Tollway to help
parents. In many cases, children can be found when parents give
police an accurate description of their child more quickly.
K.I.S.S. events are scheduled at a variety of locations along
the 286-mile Illinois Tollway system through September,
illinoistollway.com. To participate in the K.I.S.S. events, parents
and caregivers should bring their child safety seats, children and
the vehicle in which the child safety seats will be installed.
"It shouldn't take too much time out of people's day," Lafleur
Tamara is the editor of Chicago Parent and mom of three.
See more of Tamara's stories here.
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