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This St. Patrick's Day, Plan Before Your Party!
Remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
Widely celebrated across the county, St. Patrick's Day has become a dangerous holiday because more impaired drivers take to the roadways. Drunk driving kills more than 10,000 people each year in our country and every single one of those deaths is preventable. Planning ahead is the key to staying safe after you've been drinking. Before the party starts, make a plan for how to get home safely. There's no such thing as being "Ok to Drive." Just one or two drinks can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk - or worse, causing a crash and killing yourself or someone else - if you get behind the wheel.
Plan Your Sober Ride Home - Before You Party
- A safe, sober ride home is an essential part of any plan that includes drinking.
- Before celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year, decide where you'll drink or you'll drive. You can't do both.
- If you're planning on driving, commit to staying sober.
- If you have been drinking and need a sober ride home there are many options. Call a taxi or sober friend or family member, use public transportation, walk or use the Have A Plan app on your smart phone.
- Help those around you be responsible, too. If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel and help them find a sober ride home.
- If you see someone who appears to be driving drunk, call the police. Your actions could help save a life!
In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is hosting a National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Course in Broome County. This course will be held May 9-12, 2017 at the Chenango Bridge Fire Company.
For more information on how to register and become certified as a CPS Technician, click here.
Broome County Traffic Safety Education Program
- To reduce and prevent traffic related injuries and fatalities through community educational outreach, programming and events.
- Areas of focus:
- Child Passenger Safety
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
- Younger Driver Safety
- Motorcycle Safety
- Older Driver Safety
- Impaired Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Safety Belt Use
- Veterans and Traffic Safety
- 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.
Programs we offer:
Child Passenger Safety Presentations:
- Basic education for parents and caregivers on best practice guidelines, New York State laws and current recommendations.
- Trainings for agencies (day care centers, child care agencies, schools, medical care professionals, etc,) who provide services to families and caregivers and/or transport children.
- Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Courses for individuals who wish to become nationally certified as a child passenger safety technician.
Child Safety Seat Check Events:
- Host or attend an event! These events are open to all families and caregivers - no appointment is necessary. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are on site to check for proper installation, seat expiration, recall status, proper harnessing and ensure that the seat is appropriate for the child based on age, weight, height and development. Technicians will walk parents and caregivers step by step through the process of proper installation of the seat as well as correct harnessing on the child.
Child Safety Seat Fitting Stations and Distribution Programs:
- Please see specific details below about these programs under Child Passenger Safety.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Presentations:
- These presentations are designed for school-aged children and teach young riders about basic bike and pedestrian safety. A "melon drop" demonstration is conducted to emphasize the importance of proper helmet use. Helmet fittings are also available.
Cycling Skills Clinics
Cycling Skills Clinics are designed to be a fun educational activity for children of varying levels of bicycle riding experience and serves to:
- Educate: increase knowledge about traffic safety and bicycling
- Train: transfer the knowledge to the practice of skills and decision-making while riding a bicycle
- Motivate: energize and excite participants to want to learn more and to engage in bicycling
The clinic consist of a series of stations that are designed to teach the participants the basics of traffic safety when bicycling as well as safe bike handling skills.
"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 7 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 interactive activities and realistic videos. Presentations can be tailored to any group size and setting.
Events and Trainings
Car Seat Check Events:
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 such as from WIC, DSS, Catholic Charities, the PACT Program, etc... AND participate in the educational component. In general, this program is held twice a month by appointment only. Expect the educational component to last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. We cannot always accomodate "last-minute" or "emergency situations," so be sure to give us ample time to schedule your appointment. Please contact individual program for specific details.
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 Fire Department Fitting Station:
- By appointment only
- Located at 1101 Park Street, Endicott
- Please call (607) 757.2466 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 or visit www.unionems.com to schedule an appointment.
Vestal Police Department Fitting Station
- 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month
- 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.
- Alway read the manual for the car seat AND the manual for your vehicle before attempting to install your car seat. Follow the manufacturer's instructions. If you are unsure about your installation, contact a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
- 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.
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.
Traffic Safety Education Program Contact Information:
Christine Muss - Traffic Safety Coordinator