For many years, SJTPO has offered a robust series of programs to teach the public about traffic safety. These programs are designed to bring awareness to the many risks presented to drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians on area roadways and teach simple ways to improve safety. This is a part of SJTPO’s commitment to work Toward Zero Deaths and ensure that all roadway users get home safely. SJTPO collaborates with a number of organizations on programs that address different facets of safety. In the 2017-2018 school year alone, SJTPO reached out to educate nearly 9,300 students about safety at 34 schools.
To request any of the programs, below, please click on the “REQUEST” button to the right of the program and fill out the request form. Please include as much information as possible about your needs, and someone will follow-up with you as soon as possible.
Current Traffic Safety Programs Offered by SJTPO
Programs for Drivers of all Ages
Most car crashes are a result of driver error and are preventable. An understanding of the defensive driving concepts and strategies can reduce the likelihood of being involved in a crash. SJTPO offers the National Safety Council's 6-hour Defensive Driving Course to organizations and schools. Participants may be eligible to receive up to a 5% discount on their auto insurance and/or a 2-point reduction on their N.J. Drivers License, as this course is approved by the N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission.
Programs for High School Students
Most Dangerous Place on Earth
On a daily basis, one of the most dangerous places for any person to be is on a highway. This program is designed for all grades of High School Students and classes can be tailored to the time constraints (period length) of the school. The program covers the actual statistical likelihood of being involved in a crash and gives a realistic picture of the potential danger anyone faces when part of the traffic mix. Additionally, the program covers distracted driving, drinking and driving, occupant protection, and when appropriate as per student age, defensive driving techniques. This presentation can be adjusted to be appropriate for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12 graders as well as all adult drivers.
Teens and Trucks
This two-part program allows high school age students to move outside the classroom and educates young drivers about the importance of safe driving from the vantage point of a truck driver. While in the classroom setting, teens are taught on how to be aware of the blind spots, the three-second rule, and to always keep a safe distance around large trucks and buses. The students are taught to avoid all types of distractions, including talking to passengers, adjusting the radio or GPS, eating, drinking, reading, using a cell phone, reaching for something dropped on the floor, or any other activity that removes your attention from the road. During the second part of the program, several stations are set-up outside of the school to teach students about the limitations and characteristics of large trucks and buses compared to passenger vehicles and motorcycles. This program is approximately 40-45 minutes in length for the first part, classroom portion.
Car Crashes, It’s Basic Physics
This is an interactive program for math and physics classes, which allows students to determine the speed of a crash using formulas that students have learned in class. This adaptable 40-90 minute program is a real-world application of their education. Additionally, the program focuses on crash avoidance as well as occupant protection while applying basic physics to crash reconstruction.
Share the Keys
This research-based, data-driven program is designed to reduce teen driver crash risks by increasing parental involvement. The program ensures that all parties fully understand the risks and responsibilities associated with driving and are equipped with the tools needed to build safe driving skills for life. Topics include understanding New Jersey’s graduated driver license (GDL), being a good role model for your teen driver, effectively enforcing the GDL law, increasing practice driving hours, and controlling the keys. The 60 to 90-minute program is designed for parents and their teens during the pre-permit, permit, and probationary period of licensure.
Programs for Elementary and Middle School Students
Belts, Bones, and Buses
This program is very similar to the Belts on Bones program with the added component of school bus safety, both on and off the bus. A school bus seat is used to demonstrate proper use of the lap belt. The 30-45 minute program is geared toward elementary aged children in first through fifth grade.
Belts on Bones
This program is designed for early elementary aged children (kindergarten through third grade) who are transitioning from a child restraint to a booster seat. The goal of the program is to ensure the child is properly secured in an occupant restraint in the rear of the vehicle. A vehicle-training seat and a booster seat are used to emphasize and promote the proper use of a booster seat for children of these ages. The program further empowers the child to discuss these issues at home. The 30-45 minute presentation makes use of a combination of live demonstrations and video clips.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
This presentation has the ability to be tailored to a wide audience ranging from elementary to middle school aged children and can be fitted to a school schedule, generally 30-40 minutes in length. This presentation addresses using proper safety equipment, while emphasizing the rules and laws pertaining to bicycle safety. The pedestrian safety portion of the presentation addresses New Jersey’s pedestrian safety laws and encourages children to be aware of their surroundings when in, around, or near the roadway. This presentation is also utilized for education associated with the Safe Routes to School program.
Occupant Protection for Middle School Students
This program provides information and tips for Middle School students on how to properly wear a seatbelt. It provides an overview of crash dynamics and the forces one experiences during a vehicle crash. It further emphasizes the importance of passenger participation in safe transportation. The students receive hands-on training in how to properly adjust their seatbelts for maximum safety and comfort. Other occupant protection equipment in the vehicle is also discussed. This class runs approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
Programs for Adults
Child Passenger Safety – Restraint Systems on School Buses National Training
Many school districts are required to transport preschool age children and infants to schools in our region. The curriculum of this program, provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), addresses proper use and installation of child seats on school transport vehicles. The course runs for approximately 8 hours and provides classroom and hands-on training utilizing actual school bus seats. The training is available to school district employees such as drivers, aids, mechanics, and administrators that are involved in the transport of preschool age children and infants in their districts.
Child Passenger Safety – Child Passenger Safety Technician Training
This program offers Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technician Certification status to individuals who successfully complete the course. CPS Technicians use their knowledge and expertise to educate parents and caregivers at a variety of community-based activities such as child seat safety check inspections and events. The curriculum developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a comprehensive 32-hour training. All instructors are certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians/Instructors. This course is administered by Safe Kids Worldwide.
For more information or to become a CPS Technician, please go to cert.safekids.org.
Child Passenger Safety – Transporting Children Safely
This one-hour program is taught in a classroom setting using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) curriculum on proper selection, direction, location, and installation of child seats. Parents and caregivers are given tips and techniques to ensure their passengers are riding safely. This program can be an educational resource for parent organizations, community groups, social services organizations, and businesses throughout the region.
Child Passenger Safety – Car Seat Inspection Program
Egg Harbor Township
2nd Saturday of each month 9AM-1PM
Action Auto Body
3rd Saturday of March, June, September and December only 9AM-1PM
Cape May County
Call Cape May County Sheriff's Department to schedule an appointment, (609) 463-6420 x 4415
CPS inspections are not currently offered in Cumberland County
Car-Fit for Senior Drivers
This AAA/AARP program is designed to provide a quick but comprehensive check of how well drivers and their vehicle work together. It was designed with senior drivers in mind because of their frailty, which makes them more vulnerable to serious injuries during a crash. The goal of the assessment is to make sure drivers are seated properly to ensure the best view and control of their vehicle and that they receive the maximum benefit of their vehicle’s occupant restraint systems. The 15-20 minute assessment is held at various Senior Citizen and Community Centers throughout the region. Additionally, a 20 to 30 minute program overview is offered, so potential participants have a better understanding of the program and its goals. This may be scheduled prior to any Car Fit event.