Sunday, June 21, 2009

Child hit by a van

I am probably too terrified about my kids getting hit by a car. I feel like I am constantly reminding them not to hang on the drive-way and to always stay close to me when in a parking lot. My two-year-old isn't old enough to know the danger and my five-year-old gets excited and is known to take off. It scares me to death. My step mom says the little girl who lives across the street from her was run over by a car just a week or so ago. She was playing with chalk on the drive-way. She survived, but will need a lot of physical therapy. I am sure many of you remember the little girl who was killed when her parent rolled the car over her. Again, it happened in the drive-way. Are you concerned about this? Do you talk to your kids about it?

A toddler was in critical condition on Friday after being run over by her own van. About 5 yesterday evening near the intersection of Sterling and Nebraska in Peoria, the two year old unbuckled her car seat opened the car door and tumbled to the ground.

Today, the Children's Hospital of Illinois in partnership with other local agencies conducted car seat safety exams. It's a monthly car seat check, officials say is aimed AT teaching parents how to keep their children safe on the road. Probably the most important thing is to keep them in the car and keep them safely in the car in the event of a crash.

And so we're trying to provide families with the education and the tools they need to make sure their children are safe during any type of incident. Durbin says children up to the age of eight should be secured in a car seat of some sort. She says you should not keep any car seat any longer than six years.

For more information on how to properly use your car seats, or to make an appointment for a car seat check, call the Children's Hospital of Illinois Safety Information line at 877–277–6543.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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