Traffic Safety Program

 Upcoming Events:


National Seat Check Saturday!

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017


Empower Federal Credit Union

760 Harry L Drive, Johnson City

Click here for more details.

Hosted by the New York State Police.


FREE Bike Helmet Giveaway!

Saturday, September 23rd  11AM-1PM

Oakdale Mall, Center Court 

Child must be present and acccompanied by an adult.

Sponsored by Kohl's Cares Helmet Safety Program & the Upstate Foundation

Click here for more details. 


Car Seat Check Event

Friday, September 29, 2017


K & N Ellis Child Care Center

27-29 Lourdes Road, Binghamton

Click here for flyer. 

Broome County Traffic Safety Education Program 


  • To reduce and prevent traffic related injuries and fatalities through community educational outreach, programming and events.
  • Areas of focus:
          • Child Passenger Safety
          • Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
          • Younger Driver Safety
          • Motorcycle Safety
          • Older Driver Safety
          • Impaired Driving
          • Distracted Driving
          • Safety Belt Use
          • Veterans and Traffic Safety


  • Our programming is made possible through funding by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with a grant from the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.

Programs we offer:

Child Passenger Safety Presentations:

  • Basic education for parents and caregivers on best practice guidelines, New York State laws and current recommendations.
  • Trainings for agencies (day care centers, child care agencies, schools, medical care professionals, etc,) who provide services to families and caregivers and/or transport children.
  • Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Courses for individuals who wish to become nationally certified as a child passenger safety technician. 

Child Safety Seat Check Events:

  • Host or attend an event!  These events are open to all families and caregivers - no appointment is necessary.  Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are on site to check for proper installation, seat expiration, recall status, proper harnessing and ensure that the seat is appropriate for the child based on age, weight, height and development. Technicians will walk parents and caregivers step by step through the process of proper installation of the seat as well as correct harnessing on the child. 

Child Safety Seat Fitting Stations and Distribution Programs:

  • Please see specific details below about these programs under Child Passenger Safety.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Presentations:

  • These presentations are designed for school-aged children and teach young riders about basic bike and pedestrian safety.  A "melon drop" demonstration is conducted to emphasize the importance of proper helmet use.  Helmet fittings are also available.

Cycling Skills Clinics

Cycling Skills Clinics are designed to be a fun educational activity for children of varying levels of bicycle riding experience and serves to:

    • Educate: increase knowledge about traffic safety and bicycling
    • Train: transfer the knowledge to the practice of skills and decision-making while riding a bicycle
    • Motivate: energize and excite participants to want to learn more and to engage in bicycling

The clinic consist of a series of stations that are designed to teach the participants the basics of traffic safety when bicycling as well as safe bike handling skills. 

"Just Drive" Presentations:

  •  The "Hang Up, Buckle Up, Stay Sober and Just Drive" program is designed for high-school aged students who are new behind the wheel.  This presentation introduces students to the 7 deadly hazards of younger drivers specifically focusing on distracted driving, impaired driving and safety belt use.  Students learn about the dangerous of unsafe driving behaviors through interactive activities and realistic videos.  Presentations can be tailored to any group size and setting.   

Annual Teen Traffic Safety Day Events

Teen drivers and passengers are the most at risk for being involved in motor vehicle crashes. The overall goal of Teen Traffic Safety Day event is to reduce the number of teens injured or killed in motor vehicle crashes by addressing areas of concern such as impaired driving (drugs and alcohol), distracted driving (cell phone use/texting) and lack of seat belt use.  High school students from Broome County and beyond have an opportunity to participate in a full day of fun yet educational and impactful traffic safety activities and speakers.  The event has grown tremendously in the last five years with 17 school districts and over 650 students attending last year.  If your school is interested in participating, please email Christine Muss at

2017 Teen Traffic Safety Day Event Flyer

Car Fit Events

CarFit is an educational program that provides a quick, yet comprehensive review of how well you and your vehicle work together. The program, which was developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance your driving safety and increase mobility.

We Change as We Age:

As we age, changes in vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion and height may make us less comfortable and reduce our control behind the wheel. Older drivers may need to find ways to cope with physical changes that include:

  • Reduced strength and physical endurance.
  • Visual impairments, including problems with depth perception, high and low-contrast vision, night vision and delayed recovery from glare.
  • Reduced overall range of motion and flexibility.
  • Stiff neck, limited head rotation or pain.
  • Effects of medications.

CarFit is a free, interactive and educational program designed to improve older driver safety.  Trained volunteers provide information to ensure the safest "fit" for older drivers and their vehicles.  Interested in hosting a CarFit event?  Give us a call!   607-778-2807


Child Passenger Safety

Parents and caregivers can have their child safety seat checked for proper installation by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technician through any of our regularly scheduled Fitting Stations or Child Safety Seat Check Events.

Parents and caregivers may also be eligible to participate in the Free Child Safety Seat Distribution Program.  Eligible clients must receive a car seat referral from a qualifying agency such as from WIC, DSS, Catholic Charities, the PACT Program, etc... AND participate in the educational component.  In general, this program is held twice a month by appointment only.  Expect the educational component to last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.  We cannot always accomodate "last-minute" or "emergency situations," so be sure to give us ample time to schedule your appointment.   Please contact individual program for specific details.

Child Safety Seat Check Events:

During child safety seat check events, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available to help educate families and caregivers on child passenger safety.  Technicians will ensure that the seat is appropriate for your child based on age, height and weight and facing the correct direction; that the seat is properly installed in the correct location in the vehicle using either the LATCH or vehicle's seat belt system; that the child is properly harnessed and can answer any questions or concerns a parent or caregiver may have.  Child safety seat check events are FREE. No appointment is necessary.  Participants are assisted on a first come, first served basis.  Be sure to bring the child, the seat, your vehicle manual and the manual for your child safety seat.  

Upcoming Car Seat Check Event

Saturday, September 23rd  10AM-1PM

Empower Federal Credit Union

760 Harry L Drive, Johnson City

Check out more details here!


Our Programs:

Broome County Health Department Fitting Station:

  • 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. by appointment only
  • Located at the Broome County Sheriff's Office
  • 155 Lt. Van Winkle Drive, Binghamton
  • Pleasecall Christine Muss at 607.778.2807 to schedule an appointment.

Endicott Fire Department Fitting Station:

  • By appointment only
  • Located at 1101 Park Street, Endicott
  • Please call (607) 757.2466 to schedule an appointment.

Union Volunteer Emergency Squad, Inc. Fitting Station

  • By appointment only
  • Located at 8 South Avenue B, Endwell
  • Please call Sharon Gumaer at 607.754-3414 ext. 223 or visit to schedule an appointment.

Vestal Police Department Fitting Station

  • 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month
  • By appointment only
  • Located at 605 Vestal Parkway West, Vestal
  • Please call Officer Brian Thorick at 607.754.2111 to schedule an appointment.

 New York State Police Fitting Station

  • By appointment only
  • Please call either 607.561-7605 or 607.775-1241 to schedule an appointment.

For additional details please check out our Child Passenger Safety Programs brochure.

Did you know?

  • New York State law requires children to be riding in an appropriate child restraint system until their 8th birthday.
  • Alway read the manual for the car seat AND the manual for your vehicle before attempting to install your car seat.  Follow the manufacturer's instructions.  If you are unsure about your installation, contact a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.  
  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should ride rear-facing for as long as possible, until they exceed the weight and height limits of their seat.  At a minimum, children should be age 2 before they ride forward-facing.
  • In general, car seats expire after 6 years.  Always check the date of manufacture.
  • Do not modify your car seat.  Modifications can compromise the safety of your child.  Always read and follow the manufacturer's instructions in the manual and the stickers on the seat.
  • The safest place to install a child safety seat is in the back seat in the middle position.  Always read your vehicle's owners manual for specific instructions.
  • Once your seat is installed by either using the seat belt system OR the LATCH system, it should be tight enough where it does not move more than 1 inch from side-to-side or from front-to-back at the belt path.


National Highway Traffic Saftery Administration
SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.
Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
National Child Passenger Safety Board

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

Kids Be a Smart Bicyclist!

  • Always wear a bicycle helmet.  Helmets can reduce the risk of head and brain injury by 85%. 
  • Wear white or bright clothing so you can be seen.  Avoid loose clothes, drawstrings and backpacks with straps that can get caught in the bike.  Wear retroreflective materials at dawn, dusk and in bad weather.
  • Always stop, look left, right then left again before crossing or entering a path, driveway, sidewalk or road and continue looking as your cross. 
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.  Remember a bicycle is just a like a car and needs to follow all of the same rules of the road. 
  • Ride your bicycle on the right side of the road with traffic.  Ride in a straight line and always use hand signals. 

Free Bike Helmet Giveaway

Saturday, September 23rd  11AM-1PM

Oakdale Mall, Center Court

Child must be present and accompanied by an adult.

Sponsored by Kohls Cares Helmet Safety Program & the Upstate Foundation

Click here for more details. 

Check out these great resources:

AAA Brochure - So Your Child Wants a Bike, Now What?



Older Driver Safety

The number of older drivers is increasing.  Research suggests that older drivers are among the safest drivers because they wear their seat belts, and are less likely to speed or drink and drive.  However, they are more likely to suffer serious injuries or risk death in crashes due to greater fragility.  Personal mobility is critical for healthy aging but ill-fitting vehicles can make it uncomfortable and unsafe for drivers.  Today's vehicles have many safety features, yet many drivers are unaware of how best to use them.  CarFit helps explore vehicle adjustments and develop strategies to achieve your safest fit. 

What is CarFit?

CarFit is an educational program that provides a quick, yet comprehensive review of how well you and your vehicle work together.  The program, which was developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance your driving safety and increase mobility. 

Does Your Vehicle Fit?

CarFit addresses things such as:

  • Line of sight
  • Airbags
  • Head restraints
  • Gas & brake pedals
  • Safety belts
  • Mirror positioning
  • Adaptive devices

Click here for CarFit Brochure

Take advantage of CarFit today!  A trained CarFit Technician will ask you several simple questions and complete a 12-point check list.  The entire process takes about 20 minutes and you leave with recommended car adjustments and adaptations, a list of local resources in your area and greater peace of mind.

Upcoming CarFit Event!

Thursday, September 7, 2017 12PM-2PM

Good Shepherd Village at Endwell

32 Village Drive, Endwell

Contact Christine Muss at 607-778-2807 to schedule an appointment.

Click here for more details!

Quick Facts:

How does driving change as we age?

  • At age 40                            Mental sharpness begins to diminish, thought processing slows, multitasking is more challenging, night vision worsens and recovery from glare is reduced.
  • At age 50                            Nine in 10 people require bifocals and reaction time slows.
  • Between ages 30 & 60         Muscle strength and range of motion can decrease up to 40 percent.
  • At age 70                            Arthritic joints may make movement painful and restrict mobility and conditions such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, hypertension and diabetes may affect how we interpret and react to the driving environment. 

Six Tips for Driving Wellness

  1. Give Driving Your Full Attention - eliminate distractions, stay mentally sharp, talk to your doctor about medications that affect your alertness, don't drink alcohol and drive
  2. Maintain Your Strength, Flexibility and Endurance for the On-The-Road Demands - stay physically active and stretch every day
  3. Eat Healthy Foods, Drink Water and Eat Smaller Food Portions for Sharp Minds and Eyes - drink water throughout the day and eat various foods with a wide range of vitamins
  4. Get Plenty of Sleep and Rest
  5. Follow Safety Procedures - use your seat belt!
  6. Take Care of Your Eyes - wear sunglasses, avoid smoking and visit your eye care professional annually


Click on the following links for additional information about driving with certain health conditions:

Driving with Cataracts

Driving with Macular Degeneration

Driving with Alzheimer's

Driving with Arthritis

Driving with Sleep Apnea

Driving with Stroke

Driving with Diabetes


For more information on Older Driver Safety visit:


NYS Governor's Traffic Safety Committee 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration



Traffic Safety Education Program Contact Information:

Christine Muss - Traffic Safety Coordinator

(607) 778-2807