Traffic Safety Program

 What's New in Traffic Safety?

  

Remember we all have a right to be on the road.  Follow these tips so we can all stay safe:

Around bicycles:

  • Drive cautiously and be considerate.  Reduce your speed when encountering cyclists and scan for bikers in traffic and at intersections.
  • Yield to cyclists.  Remember they are considered a vehicle and should be given the appropriate right of way.
  • Pass with care.  Leave at least four feet between you and cyclist and be sure to check over your shoulder before moving back.

Around motorcycles:

  • Watch for motorcycles and be aware of your surroundings.  Spring and summer are prime riding seasons.
  • Yield to motorcycles and don't make rash decisions or turn quickly in front of them.  They may be traveling faster than they appear.
  • Always "look twice and save a life."  Check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes. Motorcycles have a smaller frontal  area and may be harder to see. 
  • Be a responsible driver and ensure that your vehicle is in safe operating condition.  Don't let cell phones and other activities distract you. 
  • Drive sober!  Impaired driving in an indiscriminate killer with no demographic barrier. 

For more information about Sharing the Road, please visit http://www.safeny.ny.gov/media/BeSmart-List.htm 


Events and Trainings

Car Seat Check Event

Saturday, July 25th

Visions Federal Credit Union

Located at 100 Pavillion Road, Johnson City

4pm-7pm

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

No appointment necessary!

Families should bring:

  • Child
  • Vehicle
  • Child safety seat
  • Vehicle manual, if available
  • Child safety seat manual, if available

 

National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Course

Family Enrichment Network

21 South Broad Street, Norwich

August 26th-29th, 8:30am-5:00pm each day

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

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," then select Course ID NY20140604552 and complete the registration process. 

For additional 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:

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.

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. 

 

  

 

 

 


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