Cynthia Brown, Director of the NYCTS attends the Annual New York Highway Safety Symposium October 2019
Monday, October 21 - Thursday, October 24, 2019
Annual New York Highway Safety Symposium
Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, Albany, NY
"Changing Behavior Through Enforcement and Education ... Back to Basics"
Final Agenda Link here: https://www.itsmr.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/agenda-FINAL1.pdf
Walk This Way program, FedEx
Cynthia Brown of the NYCTS and Liz Lee presenting bicycle safety programs at PS 63 in Ozone Park, Queens, NY and at the Archer Streeet School in Freeport, LI, NY
Bicycle Rodeo at Westbury, NY Lutheran Church, August 15, 2019
The New York Coalition for Transportation Safety in conjunction with the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board
Bike Safety Events 2019
In conjunction with Legislator John R. Ferretti there will be a tabling event at Old Navy on Hempstead Turnpike to promote bicycle safety. 10 helmets will be provided for a raffle.
In conjunction with Federal Express and Nassau County Safe Kids there will be a bicycle safety presentation and distribution of reflective gear at the Barack Obama School in Hempstead. We will hold a discussion/presentation for eighty third grade students regarding bicycle safety.
South Farmingdale Fire Department Bicycle Safety Program.
There will be a Bicycle Safety Education Program and limited helmet give away for Legislator Ferretti in Levittown.
For hands on education, you can’t beat a bicycle rodeo.
Funding for this program is provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through a grant from the NY State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. This grant which concludes on September 30, 2019 has been refunded in the amount of $35,000.00. The new grant begins on 10/1/19 and will continue through 9/30/20.
Please contact Cynthia Brown at: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or call 516-571-6808 for further information.
Please Find Completed Events listed below:
Levittown Community Day, provided helmets and bike safety literature.
Bike rodeo for day camp at Westbury Lutheran Church. Helmet distribution for children without helmets. 20 Helmet give away.
Kicked off Mobility Week with a program in Village of Hempstead that included a 2-mile Bicycle Ride on Clinton Street with an escort by Village of Hempstead Police Department. This was conducted in cooperation with Lisa Belinsky, Transit Solutions; Sylvia Silberger, Hofstra University and Frank Wefering, Greenman Peterson. A tabling event in Denton Park followed the ride with bicycle and pedestrian safety educational and promotional items being distributed to approximately 100 people.
The New York Coalition for Transportation Safety participated in the Nassau Library System “Libraries +
Health Program” sharing information and services with public librarians from across Nassau County. These librarians connect us with those who benefit from pedestrian, bicycle, driving and child passenger safety. The Coalition was joined by another partner, #DEDICATEDD (Drive Educated, Drive Informed, Commit and Totally End Drunk Driving) in promoting all manner of motor vehicle safety programs in Nassau County. #NYCTS #NCTS
New York Coalition for Transportation Safety and Partners attend the Annual New York Highway Safety Symposium at the Crowne Plaza Lake Placid
Marge Lee of DEDICATEDD
Donna Kohl, Cynthia Brown of the New York Coalition for Transportation and Marge Lee of DEDICATEDD
Lynn Reimer president of ACT on Drugs, Inc.
"Child Passenger Safety Week purpose is an effort to educate and bring awareness on proper car seat usage and save children lives. National Child Passenger Safety week was held in September at Jamaica Hospital W.I.C Department. Sheila Antwi, educated individuals on the dangers of not having a car seat, the importance of having the correct sized car seat and offered recommendations on choosing the right car seat. The program also included an intimate group session with expected mothers on how to properly put in a car seat followed by a question and answer session. In addition, extra educational brochures were given out to share with family and friends who were unable to attend." - Jamaica Hospital
The NY Coalition for Transportation conducted a child passenger safety program for clients at Jamaica Hospital Family Care Center. Pictured below Mark Hoffacker of NYTCTS and Child Passenger Safety technician instructs expectant mothers on the correct way to place their infant in a child safety seat.
Below, Mark Hoffacker demonstrates how to install the base of a child safety seat into a car. Once the base is installed it remains in place and the car seat can be released.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is publishing updated recommendations on car safety seats, but the real-world impact on how parents should use the seats in vehicles will be minimal.
In the updated policy statement, “Child Passenger Safety,” and an accompanying technical report, to be published in the November 2018 issue of Pediatrics (published online Aug. 30), the AAP recommends children remain in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat. Previously, the AAP specified children should remain rear-facing at least to age 2; the new recommendation removes the specific age milestone.
“Fortunately, car seat manufacturers have created seats that allow children to remain rear-facing until they weigh 40 pounds or more, which means most children can remain rear-facing past their second birthday,” said Benjamin Hoffman, MD, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement and chair of the AAP Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention. “It’s best to keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. This is still the safest way for children to ride.”
The prior recommendation to keep children rear-facing to age 2 was based in part on a study that found lower risks of injury among children ages 1 to 2 years who were rear-facing. That data was supported by biometric research, crash simulation data and experience in Europe where children ride rear facing for longer periods.
However, in 2017, questions arose about the original study, and it was retracted by the journal Injury Prevention. A re-analysis of the data found that while rear-facing still appeared to be safer than forward-facing for children younger than 2, the injury numbers were too low to reach statistical significance. The AAP decided to update its recommendations to reflect how the science has evolved.
“Car seats are awesome at protecting children in a crash, and they are the reason deaths and injuries to children in motor vehicle crashes have decreased,” Dr. Hoffman said. “But that also means we just don’t have a large enough set of data to determine with certainty at what age it is safest to turn children to be forward-facing. If you have a choice, keeping your child rear-facing as long as possible is the best way to keep them safe.”
When a child rides rear-facing, the head, neck, and spine are all supported by the hard shell of the car safety seat, allowing the car seat to absorb most of the crash forces, and protecting the most vulnerable parts of the body. When children ride forward-facing, their bodies are restrained by the harness straps, but their heads – which for toddlers are disproportionately large and heavy – are thrown forward, possibly resulting in spine and head injuries.
Parents often look forward to transitioning from one stage or milestone to the next. In car seats, this is one area where transitions are not “positive,” and where delaying transitions is best, according to the AAP. Each transition – from rear-facing to forward-facing, from forward-facing to booster seat, and from booster seat to seat belt alone – reduces the protection to the child.
Parents should check the instruction manual and the labels on a car safety seat to find the manufacturer’s weight and height limits. When a child is approaching one of those limits, it is time to think about transitioning to the next stage.
The AAP recommends:
Infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat. Most convertible seats have limits that will allow children to ride rear-facing for 2 years or more.
Once they are facing forward, children should use a forward-facing car safety seat with a harness for as long as possible, until they reach the height and weight limits for their seats. Many seats can accommodate children up to 65 pounds or more.
When children exceed these limits, they should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle’s lap and shoulder seat belt fits properly. This is often when they have reached at least 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years old.
When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use lap and shoulder seat belts for optimal protection.
All children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.
Most important is to use a car seat for every trip, Dr. Hoffman said. Using the right car safety seat or booster seat lowers the risk of death or serious injury by more than 70 percent.
“Car crashes remain a leading cause of death for children. Over the last 10 years, 4 children under 14 and younger died each day. We hope that by helping parents and caregivers use the right car safety seat for each and every ride that we can better protect kids, and prevent tragedies,” said Dr. Hoffman.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds
Responsibility.org has the honor of working with some of the best criminal justice practitioners in the country. They serve on our Judicial Advisory Board and provide input on our efforts. A few years ago, they urged us to expand our thinking as it relates to drunk driving. They urged us to think more comprehensively and to use the term impaired driving instead of drunk driving.
Flash forward a few years and their advice is more important than ever. Traffic fatalities are on the rise after years of declines. Drunk driving remains the cause of about one-third of those fatalities and is our top priority for decreasing traffic crashes. However, the drunk driver of 2017 is different than the drunk driver of 1997. Today’s impaired driver is likely combining an array of dangerous behaviors: Distraction, drowsiness, and drugs along with other more traditional safety issues such as speed and failure to wear a seat belt. The impaired driver of today is often more than drunk. It is more accurate to say impaired. Our judges were spot on with their advice (as usual). As we proceed ahead with our work, you will begin to see us focusing on impaired driving. Does that mean we are trying to take the focus away from drunk driving? Absolutely not.
Responsibility.org prides itself on its ability to lead. We have repeatedly identified emerging issues and launched programs with our partners to address them in assisting states and communities. Drunk driving prevention has always been and will remain our highest priority. However, traffic safety issues cannot be addressed in silos if we are to truly make an impact in reducing traffic fatalities. If we focus on drunk driving and exclude distracted driving, drugged driving, and drowsy driving, we will miss an opportunity to save lives.
The term “impaired driving” is not necessarily the best search term on the web, but it is much more accurate. That’s why we have partnered with almost 40 organizations to promote the End Impaired Driving PSA campaign and educate people about the broader picture of impaired driving. We welcome any groups to join the campaign and we hope you will let us know if you would like to be added.
My son, AJ, is now an only child. My daughter is in heaven and has been since she was 5 years old. We have had many discussions about difficult topics, beginning with explaining why his sister is in Heaven. We talk about alcohol and drugs a lot. Most of the time it is just him and me in the house and I love our conversations. This week he will begin 4th grade. We live less than a half mile from his school and he has asked if he can walk to school or ride his bike on his own every day. It would be good exercise, he says. I know he’s right.
I think about my childhood and I know that I was walking that far to my bus stop each day on my own when I was only six years old. So, why am I struggling with this request? Is it because I know too much about traffic crashes? Pedestrian and bicycle deaths have increased sharply in the last few years.
In August, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) reported that 73% of their high school students who participated in a roadway safety assessment reported they felt unsafe using intersections near their schools. Highlights of the report (sponsored by State Farm) include:
- 40% of schools reported that their school pedestrian crosswalks were not painted properly (29 out of 71)
- 47% of schools reported that their crosswalk signals did not allow an adequate amount of time to safely cross the street (34 out of 71)
- Only 9% of schools reported having crossing guards at intersections (7 out of 71)
- Only 19% of areas near schools were properly marked as school zone areas (14 out of 71)
I really want to honor his request for independence and exercise. Maybe we will start by walking together so I can show him how to be on the defense for dangerous drivers and to survey the safety of our intersections before giving him a kiss goodbye at our doorstep.
We will also continue our conversations about alcohol and underage drinking. For those conversations, my number one resource is the Ask, Listen Learn program and Simone Biles!
Hi Everyone! It’s ME—Simone Biles—proud member of the Ask Listen Learn team!
Back to school is a season full of energy, excitement, and change. It can also be a little nerve racking—for parents, kids AND educators too! We all want to have the best experiences and surround ourselves with the people who will support as us as we work towards our goals.
I had the honor to spend time at Arlington Science Focus School in Arlington, VA during April—Alcohol Responsibility Month—last school year. I really loved taking the time to speak to the students there about being the best they can be. Take a look at my visit and listen to the questions the kids had for me about peer pressure, decision-making, and even what I like to eat before a competition.
As kids grow up, they are faced with so many decisions and obstacles—and it was so wonderful to see all of the enthusiasm and smiles that they brought to the auditorium. The twinkles in their eyes really are what it’s all about.
As your kids are heading back to school this year, treasure that enthusiasm and help them grow! Kids are ready to learn and optimistic. They are resilient when things go wrong and ever-so-positive when things go right. I encourage all parents and educators to take advantage of this time to start conversations about the tough stuff that may come up as they start moving forward into becoming teenagers. All kids have questions—so talk to them and offer the answers that they need. Sometimes the answer can be as simple as a hug or a pat on the back. But when things get a little tougher, they need your words of wisdom and experience.
I like being part of the Ask, Listen, Learn team because I believe that conversations about underage drinking should begin early at home and continue in the classroom so that kids are empowered to make the best decisions they can with confidence to reach their goals. The videos and games are great for kids, and the website has a wealth of information for parents and educators. The bottom line is that saying YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking is absolutely the way to go – and I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t make those decisions myself.
I’m ready to get back to the gym soon to start working on my next chapter of goals. Make sure your kids are ready to get back to school to work on theirs! I’m confident that I will reach my goals and perform to the highest of my potential—and I know that you and your kids will do the same!
Have a wonderful back to school season!
Most decorated American gymnast
Mark Hoffhacker program facilitator working with developmentally challenged teens to provide safe routes to work and school via state provided bus program.