LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County is proud to announce that their Traffic Safety Education Program has been awarded two grants from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee totaling nearly $65,000.
According to a press release from the CCE 2018 Highway Safety Grant and the Child Passenger Safety Grant totaled $50,176 and $14,500 respectively. The passenger safety award was an increase of $6,500 from last year’s grant cycle.
“I am beyond excited,” said Traffic Safety Educator Katelyn Sanders. “The awards are a testament to the success of our program.”
The highway safety funding allows the program to provide hands-on education across the county. Topics include pedestrian, occupant, and wheeled safety; older driver education (Car-Fit); distracted driving; and impaired driving. Programming is offered throughout the county at various times of the year.
Sanders hopes to expand the program by offering more events and utilizing different venues in the county, including schools, recreation programs and senior centers.
The child passenger safety funding allows the program to purchase child safety seats, educational materials such as LATCH manuals, print recall lists and other tools needed for safety restraint education.
The CCE Livingston County Traffic Safety Education Program offers monthly car seat check events in conjunction with local law enforcement and community agencies. Parents and caregivers receive information on the proper use of child safety restraint systems and seat belts based on the height and weight of the child. Safety seats are checked to make sure they are safe and installed properly. Low-income families can receive a seat at no charge, if needed.
“I encourage all Livingston County residents to contact me with their occupant safety questions and I will work my hardest to address those needs appropriately in collaboration with our local law enforcement and human services agencies,” said Sanders, who is also a Geneseo Police Officer.
Car seat check events are scheduled for Sept. 23 at Noyes Memorial Hospital and Oct. 14 at the Nunda Fire Hall. The events are held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
For those who cannot attend a car seat check event, Traffic Safety Educator Katelyn Sanders offers one-on-one appointments at the Livingston County Cooperative Extension office.
With the additional funds, Sanders hopes to offer two additional car seat checks for a total of 14 events.
“This will create an opportunity to promote the program further and serve as many families in need as possible,” said Sanders.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County has been fortunate to receive both grants from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee every year since 2004.
To learn more about the CCE Livingston County Traffic Safety Education Program or request a program, contact Katelyn Sanders at (585) 991-5420 | 585-335-1752 or email@example.com.