Traffic Safety Program


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Tips for Safe Winter Driving

Driving in winter weather can be stressful.  Ice, snow, rain and sleet can interfere with our ability to drive safely.  Following these helpful tips can keep everyone safe:

Know your car and practice winter driving:

  • Learn how to best handle your vehicle in winter weather.  Every vehicle handles differently.  It's best to practice in full daylight in an empty parking lot.
  • Keep your gas tank close to full, even with a hybrid-vehicle.
  • Drive slowly.  It's harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface at higher speeds. 
  • Know what kind of brakes your vehicle has and how to use them properly.  In general, if you have antilock brakes, apply firm continuous pressure.  If you don't have antilock brakes, pump the brakes gently. 
  • If you go into a skid, stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go.  This steering maneuver may require counter-steering before you can regain full control of your vehicle.  Continue to stay off the pedals until you are able to regain control of your vehicle. 

Plan your travel and route:

  • Check the weather, road conditions and traffic.  If you don't have to go out, then stay home.  If you do, plan to leave early. and don't rush! Allow plenty of time to get to your destination.
  • Familiarize yourself with directions and maps before you go.  Let others know your route and anticipated arrival time. 

Stock your vehicle with:

  • A snow shovel, broome and ice scraper.
  • Abrasive material (example - sand or kitty litter) in case your vehicle gets stuck in the snow.
  • Blankets.
  • Jumper cables, flashlight and warning devices (example - flares and emergency markers)
  • Cell phone with charger, water, food and any necessary medication (for longer trips or when driving in lightly populated areas)

Check your car:

  • Get your car serviced before the winter season.
  • Check your battery and cooling system.
  • Check your windshield washer reservoir, wipers and defrosters.
  • Secure floor mat to prevent pedal interference.
  • Inspect your tires for pressure, age, tread, etc...
  • Make sure you have plenty of gas.

Learn what to do in a winter emergency:

  • If you are stopped or stalled, stay with your car and don't overexert yourself.
  • Put bright markers on the antenna or windows and keep the interior dome light turned on.
  • Keep your vehicle's exhaust pipe clear of snow and ice to avoid carbon monoxide poisioning.

Protect yourself and your loved ones:

  • Always wear your seat belt and make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up.
  • Don't text or engage in any other activities that may distract your while driving.
  • Never leave children unattended in or around your vehicle.
  • Be sure children are in a properly restrained child safety seat or booster seat depending on age, height and weight. For details about the NYS child passenger safety laws, visit 

Keeping Children Warm in Car Seats Safely

Be careful with padded inserts, blankets and bulky clothing and here's why:

Soft foam padding, bulky jackets, snow suits or fluffy blankets will compress in a crash and leave the harness slack on the child, allowing excessive movement or even ejection.    Other items like "baby bags" without legs and blankets wrapped around the baby before harnessing do not allow for proper routing of the crotch strap.  Do not place any type of padding behind or under the child or between the child and the harness. 

Coat, Jacket, Snowsuit and Bunting Check Test:

  1. Put the desired clothing or bunting on the child.
  2. Buckle the child into the child safety seat.
  3. Tighten the harness straps until they pass the pinch text.**
  4. Unbuckle, but do not loosen the harness straps.
  5. Remove the jacket from the child.
  6. Buckle the child into the child safety seat but do not tighten the harness.
  7. Check the harness for proper fit.  Can you pinch any excess webbing in the harness?  If you can, the clothing or bunting allows too much slack and is not a safe option for staying warm in the child safety seat.

**Pinch test - at the child's shoulders, try to pinch the webbing up and down, your fingers should slide off.**

Tips and Tricks:

  • Wear a jacket backwards.  Take off the jacket at the car and buckle in the child.  After the chest clip is positioned and the harness pulled snug, put the jacket on the child backwards and tuck the edges behind the child's arm.  This method lets the child remove the jacket if he or she is too warm.
  • Zip around the straps.  Place the child in the child safety seat while he or she is wearing the jacket.  Open the front of the jacket, pull it out all the way on both sides and position and buckle the straps and chest clip.  Once the harness is tight, zip or snap the jacket closed over the harness straps.  It will be hard for the child to adjust the jacket, so pay attention on to how warm he or she gets in the car.
  • Cover with a bathrobe or poncho. A warm bathrobe, wearable blanket or poncho can be used to safely cover a properly restrained child in a child safety seat.  After the child is buckled in with the chest clip positioned and the harness pulled snug, cover the child up and tuck in the sides.  Using this method lets the child move or remove the cover if he or she gets too warm. 

Remember, bulky child warmers designed to line the car seat under the child are potentially unsafe and should only be used if allowed by the child safety seat manufacturer. 


Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic

December 4th-5th

Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena

The Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic is a project of the Broome County STOP-DWI Program and Mirabito Energy Products to promote an anti-substance abuse and drunk-driving message to student athletes. For more information contact Chris Marion, Broome County STOP-DWI Coordinator, P.O. Box 1766, Binghamton, New York 13902, (w) 607.778.2056 (f) 607.778.2908.

The Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic has gained national recognition as one of the best organized and uniquely focused high school athletic events in the United States. The event invites high school teams from across the United States to participate in this outstanding tournament. Over the years this tournament has featured some outstanding teams.

The Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic is more than just top caliber basketball - it's an educational experience. We basketball as a tool to create a unique and exciting learning experience for youth. Through involvement in the Holiday Classic high school athletes are encouraged to become leaders in the effort to deal with alcohol and substance abuse in their school and community. 

Aldo Rossi Jr Memorial Game- Sold day of the event
All Ages (includes post-event party, raffles, admission to Slam Dunk & 3-Pt).......$10
Slam Dunk and 3-Point Competition
Admission (Ages 6 & up)........................$5
Children ages 5 and under are free
Tournament  Pass- 6 Sessions, 20 Games
Tournament Pass (Ages 6 & up) . . . . . . . . . . . .$48
Children ages 5 and under are free
Individual Session Pass- 1 Session, 3 or 4 Games
Session Pass (Ages 6 & up). . . . . . . . . . . . $10
Children ages 5 and under are free
Group Sales Program
A group discount of $1.00 per ticket is available with the purchase of 10 or more Session Passes. Discounts cannot be combined.

Please note each Session Pass admits one person to a session which includes a triple header.* Based on the number of tickets purchased please specify your choice (or combination) of any of the six sessions you wish to attend.

For Group Sales Please Contact the Broome County Arena Box Office, Connie Sirko 607.778.6752.

For more information visit:

Events and Trainings

There are no events scheduled at this time.

Child Passenger Safety

Parents and caregivers can have their child safety seat checked for proper installation by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technician through any of our regularly scheduled Fitting Stations. 

Parents and caregivers may also be eligible to participate in the Free Child Safety Seat Distribution Program.  Eligible clients must receive a car seat referral from a qualifying agency.  Please contact individual program for specific details.

Our Programs:

Broome County Health Department Fitting Station:

  • 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. by appointment only
  • Located at the Broome County Sheriff's Office
  • 155 Lt. Van Winkle Drive, Binghamton
  • Pleasecall Christine Muss at 607.778.2807 to schedule an appointment.

Endicott Police Department Fitting Station:

  • By appointment only
  • Located at 1101 Park Street, Endicott
  • Please call at 607.754.2404 to schedule an appointment.

Union Volunteer Emergency Squad, Inc. Fitting Station

  • By appointment only
  • Located at 8 South Avenue B, Endwell
  • Please call Sharon Gumaer at 607.754-3414 ext. 223 to schedule an appointment.

Vestal Police Department Fitting Station

  • By appointment only
  • Located at 605 Vestal Parkway West, Vestal
  • Please call Officer Brian Thorick at 607.754.2111 to schedule an appointment.

New York State Police Fitting Station

  • By appointment only
  • Please call either 607.561-7605 or 607.775-1241 to schedule an appointment.

For additional details please check out our Child Passenger Safety Programs brochure.

Did you know?

  • New York State law requires children to be riding in an appropriate child restraint system until their 8th birthday.
  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should ride rear-facing for as long as possible, until they exceed the weight and height limits of their seat.  At a minimum, children should be age 2 before they ride forward-facing.
  • In general, car seats expire after 6 years.  Always check the date of manufacture.
  • Do not modify your car seat.  Modifications can compromise the safety of your child.  Always read and follow the manufacturer's instructions in the manual and the stickers on the seat.
  • The safest place to install a child safety seat is in the back seat in the middle position.  Always read your vehicle's owners manual for specific instructions.
  • Once your seat is installed by either using the seat belt system OR the LATCH system, it should be tight enough where it does not move more than 1 inch from side-to-side or from front-to-back at the belt path.


National Highway Traffic Saftery Administration
SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.
Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
National Child Passenger Safety Board

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

Kids Be a Smart Bicyclist!

  • Always wear a bicycle helmet.  Helmets can reduce the risk of head and brain injury by 85%. 
  • Wear white or bright clothing so you can be seen.  Avoid loose clothes, drawstrings and backpacks with straps that can get caught in the bike.  Wear retroreflective materials at dawn, dusk and in bad weather.
  • Always stop, look left, right then left again before crossing or entering a path, driveway, sidewalk or road and continue looking as your cross. 
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.  Remember a bicycle is just a like a car and needs to follow all of the same rules of the road. 
  • Ride your bicycle on the right side of the road with traffic.  Ride in a straight line and always use hand signals.