Educational MaterialsThe Utah Department of Public Safety's Highway Safety Office (USHO) has brochures, flyers, posters and other educational materials available to the public. To view and order materials visit the USHO website or contact its customer service specialist at 801-366-6040.
Other materials are available through various traffic safety partners in Utah by clicking on the partners link located at the bottom of this page. In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a traffic safety materials catalog available online.
Traffic safety and safety restraint videos can be obtained, on loan, from the Utah Safety Council.
Car Seat Fitting StationsMost parents are surprised to learn that seven out of ten kids are not riding in properly used and appropriate car seats. To help solve this issue certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians work to educate families and provide instruction on the proper use of car seats. Much of this education is provided at fitting stations, which can be found across the state. Fitting stations are generally located at health departments, law enforcement agencies, hospitals and other locations that serve the public. However don't assume that your local fire department or police agency has a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician on hand, as many do not. To get a free inspection please schedule an appointment with your nearest fitting station.
Seat Belt StatisticsIn their simplest form, statistics can help identify the forces involved in a crash and increase awareness of how seat belts fit into the equation. In a vehicle collision, even a small one, passengers can be seriously injured or killed due to these crash forces. While a variety of factors affect the amount of force involved in a crash, the easiest way to determine these forces is to take the weight of the occupant times the vehicle speed before the crash. For example, a 150-pound adult in a motor vehicle moving at a speed of 30 mph would require 4,500 pounds of restraining force. Safety restraints work to prevent injury by absorbing these forces. If that isn't enough to convince you to buckle up, consider this: a car going 40 mph would hit a tree with the same force as hitting the ground after falling off a 50-foot cliff. An unbuckled person inside that car would hit the windshield with the same force as hitting the ground after falling off a five-story building. Hitting the windshield, dashboard or even other passengers with that much force can cause serious and lifelong injuries or death.
For Utah statistics, the Utah Department of Public Safety's Highway Safety Office publishes:
What is an acceptable number of fatalities on the road for your loved ones? Of course, the answer is ZERO. Zero Fatalities is Utah's traffic safety program address in the top five behaviors that are killing people on Utah's roads drowsy driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, impaired driving and not buckling up.
Zero Fatalities provides presentations/assemblies to groups, schools and businesses, free of charge. For more information or to contact the organization click on the logo.
Don't Drive Stupid targets the No.1 killer of teens: motor vehicle crashes. In Utah, teens make up seven percent of all drivers; however, they are involved in nearly a quarter of all crashes. This does not have to be the case. To change these statistics and save lives, the Don't Drive Stupid program offers presentations and assemblies for Utah high schools and middle schools, peer-to-peer programs, video and calendar contests and resources at no charge. For more information or to contact the organization click on the logo.
Do you want to get the point across that motor vehicle crashes are a serious subject? If so, the crashed car, an actual vehicle crashed by a drowsy driver, to be displayed at your community event or school. For more information or to contact the organization click on the logo.
Click It or Ticket is a nationwide enforcement campaign designed to increase seat belt use and reduce highway fatalities. The mobilization is conducted annually by the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) in conjunction with law enforcement agencies, state highway safety offices and traffic safety advocates. The campaign encourages all motorists to always buckle up - every time, day and night. Currently, enforcement mobilizations are conducted in Utah during May and November but law enforcement officers are encouraged to enforce the state's safety belt law year round. For more information, contact the Utah Highway Safety Office at 801-366-6040 or click on the logo to visit the website.
Through a partnership with the Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Highway Patrol, Primary Children's Medical Center, Utah PTA and Zero Fatalities, the Utah Department of Public Safety initiated the Click It Club in 2010 with the goal of increasing seat belt use by elementary school-age children and their families. The program aims to teach kids about the importance of wearing their seat belts properly (including booster seats), teach parents that they need to buckle kids before they leave the school property and whenever they are in a car, and use kids' influence to get their parents and other family members to buckle up. For more information about the program, contact the Utah Highway Safety Office at 801-366-6040.
Buckle Up For Love is a program administered by the Utah Safety Council, which encourages concerned citizens to report unrestrained children by calling 800-887-KIDS. By providing the license plate number, the owner of the observed vehicle will receive life-saving information regarding their child. Observations can also be reported by filling out an online form or by sending in observation cards, available at no charge. For more information, contact the Utah Safety Council at 801-746-7233 or click on the logo to visit the website.
In Utah's 2008 Legislative Session, a new law passed bringing positive changes to Utah's child restraint law. Now every child up to age eight must be in a child safety seat or booster seat.
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Alive at 25 is a young-driver intervention program developed by the National Safety Council for drivers between 15 and 24 years of age. The program was implemented in Utah in 2007 and includes a 4.5-hour course that focuses on the decision-making processes and behaviors that young drivers and passengers display in a motor vehicle and is designed to prevent the No.1 killer of teens, automobile crashes. For more information, contact the Utah Safety Council at 801-746-7233 or call toll-free 800-933-5943.
One of the goals of the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) is to share critical safety information and teach principles of prevention in hopes to decrease death, injury, and property damage due to traffic crashes in Utah. Through the UHP's public information and education program, troopers are able to provide presentations at businesses and schools, be present at community events, and educate using a variety of tools and resources. The UHP also administers the Adopt-A-High School program, which targets schools across the state that have demonstrated low seat belt use rates among the students. For more information or to arrange for a presentation, contact Sergeant Matt Smith at (801)-828-7514 or click on the logo to visit the website.
The Seat Belt Convincer is a teaching tool utilized by the Utah Highway Patrol that features two separate single-occupancy carriages atop a 26-foot flatbed trailer. The steel frame carriages have drive trains that allow them to collide with each other at a speed of 5 mph, which mimics a head-on collision. The machine can be displayed at community events to help educate motorists about the importance of buckling up. To schedule the Convincer, contact Sergeant Matt Smith at 801-828-7514 or click on the logo to visit the website.
The Hold On To Dear Life campaign was established at Primary Children's Medical Center in 1991 to educate the community on how to keep children safe. Although the original campaign focused solely on child restraint/seat belt use and child abuse prevention, it has been broadened in the past few years to include the award-winning Spot the Tot and other injury prevention topics. For videos, brochures or speaker information, call 801-662-6580.
The goal of the Buckle Tough Program is to encourage rural teenagers to buckle up while riding in a light truck. Utah's Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Coordinators are responsible for educating teenagers, and all motorists, in their communities through presentations, safety fairs and other local events. For more information, or to arrange for a presentation, contact the Utah Department of Health's EMS division at 801-273-6666 or call toll-free 800-284-1131.
Safe Kids Utah is a statewide network of 14 coalitions and chapters that work to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14. Safe Kids members educate families, provide safety devices to families in need and advocate for better laws to help keep children safe, healthy and out of the emergency room. For more information contact the Utah Department of Health's Violence and Injury Prevention Program at 801-538-6852 or click on the logo to visit the website.
The Utah Safety Council works with this employer-based program to reduce traffic crashes, the primary cause of lost work time and employee fatalities. Utah NETS helps employers implement well-developed policies, dynamic workplace programs, and community activities. Utah NETS can enhance the quality of life and reduce traffic crashes in your organization. For more information, contact the Utah Safety Council at 801-746-7233 or toll free at 800-933-5943 or click on the logo to visit the website.
The National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Certification Training Program certifies individuals as child passenger safety technicians and instructors. Tens of thousands of individuals have been certified since the program began in 1997. CPS technicians and instructors put their knowledge to work through a variety of activities, including car seat checks where parents and caregivers receive education and hands-on assistance with the proper use of child restraint systems and safety belts. For more information, contact Kerilee Burton at 801-505-3315 or click on the logo to visit the website.
This program was created to educate individuals who provide secondary transportation for children. The eight-hour course educates individuals on the basics of child passenger safety to help ensure all children ride safe. The course can be taught in one eight-hour block, two four-hour blocks or even four two-hour blocks, in order to accommodate those organizations or individuals who are interested in receiving this life-saving information. The audience includes grandparents, child care providers, social workers, etc. For more information, contact Kerilee Burton at 801-505-3315 or click on the logo to email.
Free, one-hour seminars on injury prevention and child passenger safety are provided for pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, residents and reception and nursing staff. The seminars provide an opportunity for medical professionals to hear about new technology, products, best practice guidelines from the AAP and to meet with local safety specialists who can serve as a resource for parents regarding child safety. CME credit is available. For more information, contact Primary Children's Medical Center at 801-662-6580.
This program covers educational, enforcement and reporting issues to improve officers' knowledge of and ability to enforce occupant protection laws. A significant portion of the curriculum is skill-based to provide officers with the abilities necessary to identify driving risks and to evaluate the events of a crash. The program also provides strategies for increasing occupant protection use, ranging from advocacy to managing resources. The curriculum consists of seven modules - three are core to the program and four are optional. The core modules require five hours of classroom time. The four optional modules are designed to stand alone, but may be combined, and are each approximately 45 minutes long. For more information, contact the Utah Highway Safety Office at 801-366-6040.
This workshop is intended for the law enforcement officers as a supplement to the TOPS curriculum. The course provides a 16-hour curriculum and condensed eight-hour and four-hour versions. The four-hour format is used for general awareness and designed primarily for law enforcement administrators. The eight-hour format serves as a law enforcement orientation on basic child passenger safety awareness, injury prevention, correct use and installation of child restraint systems and the need for enforcement of child passenger safety laws. The sixteen-hour format is more technical and provides hands-on training that covers the basics of injury prevention, correct use and installation, compatibility of child safety seats and vehicles and developing child passenger safety community programs. After completing this course, officers should have enhanced knowledge of the resources available for child passenger safety, including information sources, materials, and public assistance. The course also encourages officers to take a more active role in extending their agency's enforcement guidelines and strategies to include child passenger safety. For more information, contact the Utah Highway Safety Office at 801-366-6040 or click on the logo to email.
This program teaches nurses and other healthcare professionals to be effective child passenger safety advocates and to serve as resources for their peers, parents, caregivers, and others. It focuses on the use of child restraints for children who are injured or have other special needs and on how to set up hospital-based child passenger safety programs. It is a two-day course; however, there are condensed eight-hour and four-hour formats available. For more information, contact the Training Coordinator with the Utah Highway Safety Office at 801-366-6404 or click on the logo to email.