Point of Contact:
Penny Cure (CPST)
Phone: (815) 624-6890
Child Safety Seat Program Inception
Nationally, child restraint misuse has been reported to be in excess of
90%. This is primarily due to the numerous amount of child restraint
manufacturer's and the performance based standards that mandate them.
They are required to meet performance standards and are allowed to
design their product in any way to meet those standards. Child restraint
manufacturers make a wide variety of designs that create incompatibility
issues with different vehicles. As well, automobile manufacturers have a
wide range of vehicle safety restraint systems that can also add to the
Typically, law enforcement seeks change through enforcement of
applicable laws. The Rockton Police Department wanted to address this
problem in a more positive and educational manner and have certified
Officers as Child Passenger Safety Technicians. The certification is
obtained by attending a 32-hour course established by the National Child
Passenger Safety Board.
Please call the Rockton Police Department's non-emergency number at
(815) 624-4351 to schedule an appointment. A "check-up" normally takes
one half-hour and parents and caregivers are asked to bring their owners
manuals for both their vehicle and child restraint seat to the
"check-up". Although not mandatory, parents and caregivers are also
asked to bring the child using the seat to the "check-up" to ensure
proper fit. Child restraints can also be installed for expectant
families and newly purchased seats.
Once a year the Rockton Police Department will also host Child Safety
Seat Check-Up at the Bike Rodeo & Safety Fair with the Rockton Fire
Protection District. This event is advertised in local papers and no
appointments are required for that day. The event is designed to educate
the public and provide a community service. Several technicians from the
Police and Fire Departments will be on hand and will check your child
restraint to make sure:
|Your seat is installed correctly
|Your seat has not been recalled
|Your seat meets safety standards
|Your seat is correct for your child |
Related Links & Legal Reference
Website for the Illinois
Secretary of State. It is a direct link to the Child Safety Seat
portion that provides a quick refrence to Illinois legal questions and
Website for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
It includes safety seat recall lists, a recommended proper safety seat
use chart and updated child passenger safety information.
Website for the National Safe Kids Campaign. This organization is
dedicated to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury and
includes safety tips related to helmet use, pedestrian safety,
fire/water safety and school/playground safety.
Website addresses vehicle related non-traffic incidents that lead to
injury and death when children are left unattended in or around a
Website for the Consumer Product Safety Commission and is geared to
prevent unreasonable risks of injuries to children associated with
consumer products. Current recall lists are also available.
Website contains basic information about transporting children who have
certain medical conditions or procedures.
Website will help locate a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician
nearest to you.