Proper Passenger Restraint To Avoid Serious Injuries
Proper passenger restraint remains one of the best ways to avoid potentially serious vehicle accident injuries. This proper passenger restraint can take many forms. One of the best and most effective safety measures a vehicle occupant can take is to wear a seat belt, or for children the use of child safety seats . The benefits of seat belts is further discussed in the “Seat Belt Usage Safety Benefits” page.
A new Illinois law takes effect for 2018 for proper passenger restraint regarding child safety seat usage. The new law is discussed in the sj-r.com article of December 28, 2018 titled “New rear-facing child car seat law goes into effect Tuesday.”
An excerpt from the article:
Children 2 years of age and younger will have to ride in rear-facing car seats when a new Illinois law takes effect Tuesday.
The state’s Child Passenger Protection Act, signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner Aug. 3, mandates a $75 fine for first-time violators with the fine going up to $200 for the second violation.
“There will be lives saved because of this legislation,” said Doug Carlson, chairman of the department of pediatrics and professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
While the law affects children up to age 2, Carlson said parents “should consider keeping them in (car seats) longer as long as they can fit.”
Head and neck injuries, and to some extent chest and abdomen injuries, are lessened when children are in rear-facing seats, he added. That’s because those parts of the body are supported by the hard shell of the car seat allowing it to absorb most of the force.
Additional Details Regarding This Proper Passenger Restraint Law
Additional details regarding this new law regarding proper passenger restraint for children can be seen in the article above as well as the December 31 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Parents Prepare For New Car Seat Law Taking Effect.”