Date: September 18, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
Community Traffic Safety Team Sponsors Child Passengers Safety Training

<The Polk County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) is hosting a four-day National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Child Passenger Safety training program in Winter Haven, October 23-26, 2000. The CTST is also in search of volunteers to work at various child passenger safety checks throughout the community. 

The NHTSA has developed this federally sponsored child passenger safety curriculum and national certification process in conjunction with AAA. The child passenger safety certification workshop will meet the needs of a broad spectrum of both safety and health professionals. This course is primarily designed for persons working directly in injury prevention, traffic safety and loss prevention. However, the workshop is also intended to reach into the community to form new partnerships and recruit new child passenger safety advocates. 

The standardized training program is designed to provide the participant the necessary knowledge and technical skills to let him/her act as a child passenger safety resource for his/her community, state, or organization. The NHTSA standardized course is a four-day comprehensive, technical course. The program is divided into 11 modules. Participants must satisfactorily complete several hands-on activities, 2 skill test evaluations and a written test. 

There is a $40.00 registration fee with no tuition fee for the training. The workshop will start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. each day. Class size will be limited to the first 25 people enrolled. A continental breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided each day. 

Incorrect usage of child passenger safety seats has been documented at over 90%; and at 98% in Florida. Parents, caregivers, service providers and advocates are often amazed by the incompatibility problems that exist between safety belt systems, vehicle seats and child passenger safety seats. Injuries can largely be prevented by correctly using the appropriate child safety seats. Studies have shown that for an infant, a correctly used safety seat reduces the risk of fatal injury in a crash by 69%. 

The total cost of motor vehicle crashes for the United States is more than $155 billion annually in medical care, legal expenses, insurance, property damages, etc. Crashes drive up the cost of health benefits such as Worker's Compensation, Social Security and private health and disability insurance. 

To find out more about the standardized workshop or volunteer with the CTST, please contact Polk County CTST Coordinator, Elizabeth Sheetz at 863-534-7130 ext. 112.

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