Be A Buckle Buddy

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					                              Be A Buckle Buddy!
                                                    Department, and the Peoria Area
                                                    Safe Kids Coalition. Since its
                                                    inception, Be A Buckle Buddy! has
                                                    served more than 900 families
                                                    across more than 40 counties in
                                                    Illinois! In May of 2006, Adams
                                                    County Sheriff’s Department joined
                                                    the partnership, expanding Be A
                                                    Buckle Buddy! into the west central
                                                    portion of Illinois. The Illinois
                                                    Department of Transportation
                                                    awarded Children’s Hospital of
                                                    Illinois a grant in September 2006 to
                                                    fund the program’s expansion.
What Be A Buckle Buddy is:                    How Be A Buckle Buddy Works:
      Be A Buckle Buddy! is a public             Concerned individual sees an
      service program featuring a toll-             unbuckled child;
      free, statewide, hotline that allows       Individuals calls 1-888-800-2642,
      any concerned individual to                   and leaves a message providing
      anonymously report unbuckled                  license plate number, date, vehicle
      children in Illinois. Be A Buckle             description, city, and county;
      Buddy! is non-punitive. Reported           Children’s Hospital of Illinois
      drivers will receive an informative           representative records only pertinent
      packet filled with Safe Kids, and             information for fax local law
      child passenger safety information.           enforcement partner;
      Included in the Be A Buckle Buddy!         Law enforcement partner retrieves
      packet is a copy of current child             vehicle owner’s information and
      passenger safety laws in Illinois.            sends registered vehicle owner:
                                                         o Safe Kids, and child
Program Purpose:                                             passenger safety
      Be A Buckle Buddy! is to aid in the                    information
      reduction and prevention of                        o Copy of current Illinois
      unrestrained child passenger injuries                  child passenger safety laws
      and fatalities from motor vehicle
      crashes in Illinois, through            How to Become a Partner:
      partnerships with local law                    Contact Chris Franciskovich at
      enforcement and child advocacy                 Children’s Hospital of Illinois to
      agencies. The formed partnership               request more information, or set up
      then works together to educate the             a meeting.
      public about proper child passenger
      safety practices.                       Contact Information:
                                                     Contact: Erin Durbin
Program History:                                     Phone: 309-671-4821
      Be A Buckle Buddy! launched in                 Cell:   309-229-7284
      May of 2004 as a partnership of                Fax:     309-671-4832
      Children’s Hospital of Illinois,               Email:
      Tazewell County Sheriff’s