The Brazos Valley Injury Prevention Coalition (BVIPC) & Statewide Initiatives is a safe communities coalition that supports health initiatives designed to reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities. A Safe Communities Coalition focuses on reducing injuries and deaths caused by traffic-related crashes. The Brazos Valley Injury Prevention Coalition uses the Safe Communities model in a collaborative effort with local businesses, agencies, and concerned citizens to reduce fatalities and injuries resulting from traffic-related crashes. Programs will be offered in-person and/or virtually. The Coalition’s Statewide Initiatives programs focus on providing Reality Education for Drivers (RED) classes to young drivers as well as driving safety education to mature drivers.
Reality Education for Drivers, also known as “The RED” program, is just one of the many traffic safety and injury prevention programs offered by the Brazos Valley Injury Prevention Coalition (BVIPC) & Statewide Initiatives, through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and with the support of the Texas Department of Transportation. The RED program’s primary goal is to steer young drivers toward safer driving habits and away from possible citations while on the road – to drive sober, safely, securely, and within the speed limits. The class curriculum is designed to help participants change their attitudes about the choices they make, so in turn, they will want to change their behaviors by making better choices when traveling, either behind the wheel or as passengers.
The Mature Driver Program (MDP) is a statewide, FREE community education program aimed at giving motorists over the age of 55 the tools they need to be safe on our roads. MDP has trained coordinators who promote driver awareness and safety through education and community outreach. MDP is a collaboration between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and TxDOT. Educational presentations are tailored to the mature audience and can cover a variety of topics including how aging can affect driving skills, medication and its impact on drivers, warning signs of an unsafe driver, and more.
BVIPC also offers programs to raise awareness on impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, the importance of seat belt use, and pedestrian safety among other traffic safety issues. BVIPC is available for programs at schools, universities, civic groups, churches, and more.
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- CourseChild Passenger Safety Tech Update 2022, Part 1 – Crash Outcomes for Children-Different Scenarios of Use/Misuse
This session discusses child restraint energy management, including load legs, European shoulder belt routing, anti-rebound features, crushable frames, internal side-impact protection, external side impact protection, and more. The course features instructor Joe Colella and is approved for 1 CEU towards the required 6 CEUs.
- CourseChild Passenger Safety Tech Update 2022, Part 2 – Misuse and Best Practice: What Does the Latest Research Show?
A discussion of the effects of common misuse and combinations of misuse and its effect on pediatric injury. An analysis of the data was done to show which misuse is most dangerous for the different types of restraints including a comparison of injuries to children when using optimal restraints, suboptimal restraints and when unrestrained to see if the data supports current best practice recommendations.
- CourseChild Passenger Safety Tech Update 2022, Part 3 – Honey, Does This Car Seat Make My Rear Seat Look Small?
This session will explore the topic of using car seats in smaller vehicles. Some vehicles just aren’t suited for car seat use, while other times we can make adjustments to the vehicle and/or select certain car seats to improve compatibility. And, naturally, when multiple car seats are used in one vehicle, fit can become a problem, even in vehicles that aren’t considered tiny. Technicians will learn about general tips and explore some specific examples.
This course provides information for certified child passenger safety technicians who wish to stay current in their technical knowledge. The course, presented in video format, features instructor and LATCH Manual author Denise Donaldson. This course is approved for 1 CEU towards the required 6 CEUS for re-certification.
A discussion of car seats priced under $150 using a popular interactive game format to explore the different seats available and their features including specifics about their weight and height limits.
This session will cover the proper use of LATCH by exploring the LATCH Manual, revealing more about its potential to help you educate caregivers accurately and efficiently. The session will delve into the many uses for Appendix A, B and C, with particular focus on new and/or updated information in the latest edition of this resource.