(reprinted from the Vermont Highway Safety Program monthly newsletter)
The New England Regional Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Conference was held September 9th through the 11th. This was the first Regional Child Passenger Safety Conference hosted by the Vermont Department of Health’s CPS program and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. The programming under this collaborative was designed to make travelling on roads safer for all New England children and families. National CPS experts, car seat manufacturers, and local leaders gathered to increase the knowledge and expertise of technicians, instructors, and partners.
The conference was preceded by Safe Travels for All Children: Transporting Children with Special Health Care Needs, a two-day course that is an enrichment course for already certified CPS technicians to teach them how children with special needs should be safely transported in vehicles. The New England region has expanded by 20 specially trained CPS technicians, who will now be able to better serve families with these installations.
After the conference, the Vermont CPS program hosted a community car seat check event to put their training to use. The event allowed an opportunity for local families to have a trained technician check to see if children were properly secured in the correct seat; the event also allowed local CPS technicians to work side-by-side with techs from other states.
Motor vehicle crashes (MVC) remain the leading cause of death in children ages 5 to 24, MCV’s are the second leading cause of death in children 1-4 years of age, it is vital the community and families ensure that children are buckled correctly, and in seats that are installed correctly. The VT CPS program is working hard to help keep our children safe on the road.
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