Outreach education will also be delivered by regionalcoordinators across Georgia through such community events asInjury Prevention Caravans and Traffic Enforcement Networks.GTIPI’s Resource Center will be the primary source statewide forprint and electronic educational injury prevention resources forconsumers, educators and other professionals. “This program is the primary resource in the state for publicinformation and professional training on the use of safety beltsand child safety seats,” said Don Bower, a UGA Extension Servicehuman development specialist. Bower serves as project directorand liaison between the institute and the extension service.The program reaches virtually every Georgian with mediainformation encouraging the correct and consistent use of thesesafety devices. In 2001, educators in the program conducted 280child safety seat checks and provided more than 18,000 hours oftraining, helping to increase child safety seat use by Georgiansto 85 percent. Aiming to reduce teen driver deathsCar crashes are the leading killer of children and young adults.And vehicle crashes cost society more than $150 billion annually,according to GOHS. The January 1, 2002, change in Georgia’s teen driving laws putsparents squarely in the passenger’s seat. It requires that anyoneyounger than 18 who applies for a permanent driver’s license musthave a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult sign averification form affirming that the applicant has completedeither 40 hours of supervised driving experience or 20 hours ifthe applicant has successfully completed an approved drivereducation course.”No parents surveyed reported that they felt adequately preparedto teach their teenager to drive,” Jones said. “This course isdesigned to help fill this void. It will help parents and theirnew teen driver learn what they need to do during those 40 hoursof driving time. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the risks ofyouth-related car crashes.”Rockdale County is firstA pilot program in Rockdale County will address beginning teendrivers and their parents. Frankie Jones, GTIPI teen drivingspecialist, has announced a two-hour seminar for parents andteens called Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. (Parents ReducingIncidents of Driver Error).The Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. classes will complementthe Rockdale County driver’s education program. The program willhelp parents and guardians become more aware of their own drivingbehaviors, teach parents and guardians how to help their teensbecome safer drivers, help parents, guardians and teens learnwhat they need to do during the supervised practice driving timeand alter attitudes and driving behaviors of novice teen drivers.Jones said the Conyers area was chosen to pilot the program forseveral reasons. The GTIPI state office has just moved to theConyers location so the seminar will build awareness of all theirprograms. “Rockdale County is a suburban area, which offers unique drivingsituations and problems for first-time drivers,” Jones said. “Weare also pleased to be collaborating with the schools on thisproject. They have been very interested and helpful.”After the pilot is completed and some fine-tuning is made, thegroup hopes to offer the PRIDE program statewide. “We will usethe train-the-trainer mode,” said Bower, “so it may take takeseveral months to get trainers prepared in many counties.”GTIPI staff and some selected extension service agents may serveas presenters, as well as local collaborators such as publicsafety personnel and educators. By Faith Peppers and Janet RodekohrUniversity of GeorgiaWhen the nightly newscast begins, “Yet another deadly crash takesthe lives of area teens…” it strikes fear in the heart ofparents. The Georgia Extension Service is working to make the roads andour own cars safer through the Georgia Traffic Injury PreventionInstitute. Seat belt and child safety seat education GTIPI recently received a $1-million grant from the Governor’sOffice of Highway Safety. The grant will be used to expand itseducation and training program in the use of safety belts andchild safety seats. The $1-million grant, the largest in the 18-year history of the partnership between UGA and GOHS, wasestablished to help reduce traffic-related injuries andfatalities statewide.It will allow the institute to enhance its educational impact inthree areas: passenger safety, young driver education, andcommunity traffic safety programming. Onsite education will beconducted at the institute’s facilities in Conyers. Programswill include the 32-hour Child Passenger Safety Training advancedclass and youth programming in bike helmet and pedestrian safety. Coordinators located across the stateThere are eight GTIPI regional coordinators around the state inlocal extension service offices. They work in cluster areas ofsix counties each. In addition to PRIDE, the coordinators willprovide 32-hour Standardized Child Passenger Safety Techniciancertification training courses about 25 times this year acrossGeorgia. GTIPI will also maintain a database of names of thosewho are certified in Georgia and help parents find a qualifiedperson close by to help them learn to install their child safetyseat correctly. GTIPI staff will also offer child passengersafety training for childcare providers.