The Florida Highway Patrol troopers recently conducted a child passenger safety class at the Tom Lee Community Health Center in Dover, FL. Many concerned parents were in attendance and learned the value of buckling up their little ones and themselves.
Trooper Reggie Edwards
checks installation of a child seat.
Trooper Benito Perez
inspects a booster seat.
Trooper Reggie Edwards, a veteran Occupant Protection Specialist with the Florida Highway Patrol, and Trooper Benito Perez, one of the Florida Highway Patrol’s Child Passenger Safety Technicians spoke to parents during the classes about the importance of properly using seat belts and child restraints to protect their children when traveling on Florida’s roadways. Trooper Perez was available to translate information into Spanish and now offers child passenger safety classes in Spanish on a regular basis for residents who do not speak English.
The child passenger safety classes offered statewide by the Florida Highway Patrol are evidence of the Patrol’s continued commitment to ensuring that all children ride safely on Florida’s roadways. Recent national statistics still show that 80% of all child safety seats are improperly installed. Therefore, it continues to be critical that law enforcement personnel take the lead to help educate the public on the proper installation and use of child restraint devices.
The Florida Highway Patrol,, recognizing the importance of this issue, maintains an active Child Passenger Safety Program that includes a statewide coordinator, six full-time troopers, and 62 nationally certified technicians who are qualified to instruct parents on the proper installation and use of child safety seats and booster seats. Currently, every Florida Highway Patrol Troop across our state sets up regular child safety seat checks and/or classes to assist the public in identifying unsafe and improperly installed child safety seats as well as offering resource materials with the most current information available on a child passenger safety and occupant protection. To learn more about the Florida Highway Patrol’s Child Passenger Safety program, please visit www.flhsmv.gov/fhp/CPS/.
Trooper Teressa Hill talks with teens
about safe driving and wearing seat belts.
In Lakeland, FL Trooper Teressa Hill conducted a teen safety presentation for young drivers and students at the Santa Fe Catholic High School . Topics included informing the students of the perils of drunk-driving, drug use, distracted driving and aggressive driving, as well as explaining Florida traffic laws. For greater impact, video clips of drunk-drivers and distracted drivers were shown to the students, the Florida Highway Patrol Rollover Simulator was put to use to demonstrate the importance of using seatbelts, and the agency’s new teen web site was promoted. For more information about the Florida Highway Patrol’s teen driver safety efforts and the new teen web site, please visit www.takethewheel.net.