Traffic Safety Program

 What's New in Traffic Safety?

Safe Winter Travel

  

 Make sure your car is properly maintenanced:

-  Visit your mechanic for a tune-up and make sure you install your snow tires before the winter season.  For existing tires, make sure they are properly inflated, the tread is even and that the rubber is in overall good condition.

-  Check your battery.  When the temperature drops, so does battery power.  It takes more power to start your vehicle in cold weather than in warm weather.

-  Check your cooling system.  When coolant freezes, it expands.  This can potentially damage your vehicle's engine block beyond repair  Make sure you have enough coolant in your vehicle and that it's designed to withstand the winter temperatures. 

-  Be sure your washer reservoir is full.  Use high-quality, "no-freeze" fluid and have extra to keep on hand in your vehicle.

- Check your windshield wipers and defrosters.  Safe winter driving depends on achieving and maintaining the best visibility possible.  Replace any worn blades or install heavy-duty wipers if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow and ice.

- Carry a vehicle emergency kit.  An emergency situation on the road can arise at any time.  Below are important items to have in your vehicle:

  • Working flashlight and extra batteries
  • Flares
  • First aid kit
  • A properly inflated tire, wheel wrench and jack
  • Tow and tire chains
  • Jumper cables and toolkit
  • Blanket, warm clothes, hat and gloves
  • Brightly colored cloth
  • A bag of salt, sand or non-clumping kitty litter to use for added traction when a tire is stuck
  • Compass
  • Extra washer fluid
  • Ice scraper, snow brush and shovel
  • Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container
  • Non-perishable, high energey foods like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits and hard candy 


Events and Trainings

Car Seat Check Event

Saturday, March 29

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Chenango Bridge Fire Company

17 Kattleville Road, Binghamton

No appointment necessary.

Certified CPS Technicians will be available to assist families and caregivers with their child passenger safety needs.

Please bring:

  • Child
  • Child safety seat and instruction manual
  • Vehicle and instruction manual

Replacement car seats are only distributed if the seat is damaged, expired, recalled, no longer appropriate for child based on height, weight and age or is deemed unsafe.  Child must be present. One seat per child. 

 Click here for the event flyer.

Car Seat Check Event

Saturday, April 26

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

GHS Federal Credit Union

910 Front Street, Binghamton

No appointment necessary.

Certified CPS Technicians will be available to assist families and caregivers with their child passenger safety needs.

Please bring:

 

 

Replacement car seats are only distributed if the seat is damaged, expired, recalled, no longer appropriate for child based on height, weight and age or is deemed unsafe.  Child must be present. One seat per child. 

National Child Passenger Safety Technician Training Course

This course is intended to provide students with a basic level of understanding in the field of child passenger safety.  Upon successful completion of the course, new technicians will recieve a two-year national certification through Safe Kids Worldwide. 

The course will be held at:

Chenango Bridge Fire Company

17 Kattleville Road, Binghamton

April 23rd - 25th, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

April 26th,  8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The course fee is $85, payable to Safe Kids Worldwide.  To register for the course, go to www.cpsboard.org, click on "Class Registration & CPS Certification," then "Find a Course", "New Signup," select NY2014011769 and complete the registration process. 

For more information, please click here.

 


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

Please call Christine Muss at 607.778.2807 to schedule an appointment.

 

Endicott Police Department Fitting Station:

2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month by appointment only

Located at 1101 Park Street, Endicott

Please call Sgt. Laurie Sorensen at 607.754.2471 to schedule an appointment.

 

Union Volunteer Emergency Squad, Inc. Fitting Station

4th Wednesday of the month 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.

Resources:

National Highway Traffic Saftery Administration
SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.
Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Safe Kids Worldwide
National Child Passenger Safety Board
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Kids and Cars.Org
American Academy of Pediatrics
New York State Department of Health

 


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. 

 

  

 

  • Child
  • Child safety seat and instruction manual
  • Vehicle and instruction manual

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