Traffic Safety Program

Broome County Traffic Safety Education Program 

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Mission:

Funding:

  • Our programming is made possible through funding by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with a grant from the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.

 

 

"Just Drive" Presentations:

  •  The "Hang Up, Buckle Up, Stay Sober and Just Drive" program is designed for high-school aged students who are new behind the wheel.  This presentation introduces students to the deadly hazards of younger drivers specifically focusing on distracted driving, impaired driving and safety belt use.  Students learn about the dangerous of unsafe driving behaviors through and interactive trivia game.  Presentations can be tailored to any group size and setting.   

Annual Teen Traffic Safety Day Events:

Teen drivers and passengers are the most at-risk group for being involved in motor vehicle crashes. The overall goal of Teen Traffic Safety Day is to reduce the number of teens injured or killed in motor vehicle crashes by addressing areas of concern such as impaired driving (drugs and alcohol), distracted driving (cell phone use/texting) and lack of seat belt use.  High school students from Broome County and beyond have an opportunity to participate in a full day of fun yet educational  traffic safety activities and speakers.  The event has grown tremendously in the last six years with 20 school districts and over 600 students attending last year.  If your school is interested in participating, please email Christine Muss at Christine.Muss@BroomeCounty.US.  

Check out our event video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ2af0GwBfQ 

 

Car Fit Events:

CarFit is an educational program that provides a quick, yet comprehensive review of how well you and your vehicle work together. The program, which was developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance your driving safety and increase mobility.

We Change as We Age:

As we age, changes in vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion and height may make us less comfortable and reduce our control behind the wheel. Older drivers may need to find ways to cope with physical changes that include:

  • Reduced strength and physical endurance.

  • Visual impairments, including problems with depth perception, high and low-contrast vision, night vision and delayed recovery from glare.

  • Reduced overall range of motion and flexibility.

  • Stiff neck, limited head rotation or pain.

  • Effects of medications.

CarFit is a free, interactive and educational program designed to improve older driver safety.  Trained volunteers provide information to ensure the safest "fit" for older drivers and their vehicles.  Interested in hosting a CarFit event?  Give us a call!  (607)778-2807

 

Older Driver Safety

The number of older drivers is increasing.  Research suggests that older drivers are among the safest drivers because they wear their seat belts, and are less likely to speed or drink and drive.  However, they are more likely to suffer serious injuries or risk death in crashes due to greater fragility.  Personal mobility is critical for healthy aging but ill-fitting vehicles can make it uncomfortable and unsafe for drivers.  Today's vehicles have many safety features, yet many drivers are unaware of how best to use them.  CarFit helps explore vehicle adjustments and develop strategies to achieve your safest fit. 

What is CarFit?

CarFit is an educational program that provides a quick, yet comprehensive review of how well you and your vehicle work together.  The program, which was developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance your driving safety and increase mobility. 

Does Your Vehicle Fit?

CarFit addresses things such as:

  • Line of sight
  • Airbags
  • Head restraints
  • Gas & brake pedals
  • Safety belts
  • Mirror positioning
  • Adaptive devices

Click here for CarFit Brochure

Take advantage of CarFit today!  A trained CarFit Technician will ask you several simple questions and complete a 12-point check list.  The entire process takes about 20 minutes and you leave with recommended car adjustments and adaptations, a list of local resources in your area and greater peace of mind.

Quick Facts:

How does driving change as we age?

  • At age 40- mental sharpness begins to diminish, thought processing slows, multitasking is more challenging, night vision worsens and recovery from glare is reduced.
  • At age 50 - nine in 10 people require bifocals and reaction time slows.
  • Between ages 30 & 60 -muscle strength and range of motion can decrease up to 40 percent.
  • At age 70 - arthritic joints may make movement painful and restrict mobility and conditions such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, hypertension and diabetes may affect how we interpret and react to the driving environment. 

Tips for Driving Safely

  1. Give Driving Your Full Attention - eliminate distractions, stay mentally sharp, talk to your doctor about medications that affect your alertness, don't drink alcohol and drive
  2. Maintain Your Strength, Flexibility and Endurance for the On-The-Road Demands - stay physically active and stretch every day
  3. Eat Healthy Foods, Drink Water and Eat Smaller Food Portions for Sharp Minds and Eyes - drink water throughout the day and eat various foods with a wide range of vitamins
  4. Get Plenty of Sleep and Rest
  5. Follow Safety Procedures - use your seat belt!
  6. Take Care of Your Eyes - wear sunglasses, avoid smoking and visit your eye care professional annually

 

For more information on Older Driver Safety visit:

CarFit

www.carfit.org

NYS Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

https://trafficsafety.ny.gov/older-driver-safety

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  

https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/older-drivers


 


Traffic Safety Education Program Contact Information:

Christine Muss - Traffic Safety Coordinator

(607) 778-2807

Christine.Muss@BroomeCounty.US