Presentation on theme: "Overcoming Child Passenger Safety Violator Education Program Hurdles"— Presentation transcript:
1Overcoming Child Passenger Safety Violator Education Program Hurdles Kate Bernacki, MPHCoordinator, Vehicle Occupant Safety Program,California Department of Public HealthWebinar, April 19, 2012
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3Presentation Overview: CA Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Violator Education Programs CPS Laws – VC 27360, , 15620Path of Violator/Court ResponsibilitiesFinePointCA Violator Education ProgramsDiscussion points with the CourtsRecommended CPS Violator Education curriculum guidelinesHow to develop a program
4CA has unique CPS law CA CPS Vehicle Codes Fine Primary Enforcement 27360 – child restraint system from 0 to 6 years or 60 pounds in the rear seat– child restraint system or seat belt from 6 years or 60 pounds to 16 years15620 – prohibits leaving unattended child under age 7 in a vehicle where a significant risk to the child’s health and safety is present or when keys are left in the ignition or the car is runningFine$100 base fine ($400+ ticket)Up to 85% goes to the local Health Department CPS ProgramMain source of local CPS education and prevention funding
5Local Health Department CPS Program May Include Low cost car seat program for economically disadvantaged communityCPS Community education classesCPS Technician trainingsCertification, Renewal, UpdateCPS Check up events/fitting stationCommunity Outreach and Education/MediaCPS Violator Education Program
6Path of a ViolatorA Citation issued by state or local law enforcement - some are certified CPS TechniciansThe Violator is Convicted and either:Pays the full fine (a portion of which goes to the local health department’s CPS program) and receive a point on their driving record, orRequests reduction in fine and the option to attend Traffic Violator School to take off the point and goes to the courts.
7Responsibilities of the Court FINEThe Court may reduce or waive the fine if:the violator demonstrates economic disadvantage, andthe Court refers the violator to a child restraint education (CPS Violator Education) program ifa CPS Violator Education Program is within 50 miles of the violator’s residence; if not, then the requirement is waived.POINTFor both VC and a point is issued on the violators record.A violator can have the point removed only if they attend a DMV certified Traffic School course.Previously VC 42005(b), eliminated in 2012, allowed the courts the prerogative to deem any course be appropriate in lieu of Traffic School to dismiss the point. All Traffic Schools now need to be certified by DMV.Register the CPS violation as a conviction unless the citation is dismissed
8CPS Violator Education Class Costs Discussion Points with the CourtsCPS Violator Education Class provides:Specific CPS information that Traffic School will notOffers a low-cost car seat if neededCertification of Completion that assures the Courts that the violator’s child will be properly restrained in the future.The confidence to the Courts that this parent/violator will know how to secure all their children and this child through to age 16.CPS Violator Education Class CostsCost for the CPS Violator Education class is dependent on if the court is waiving or reducing the fine.Be sure to recover your costs for holding the class.Check with each traffic court in your county.Revisit your courts at least once every other year, since judges and court staff change.
9CPS Violator Education Program Recommended Guidelines Purpose of CPS Violator Education Program Guidelines:Uniform Violator Education Programs across the stateEncourage cross-county reciprocityProvide a referral list to the courtsContent is similar to CPS community education classCovers VC 27360, , 15620, 27315, 23116CPS Technician supervises or teaches classRatio of instructor to violator 1 to 15Typically 2 hoursCPS Technician checks car seat to see if it has been recalled and is appropriate for the childLow-cost car seat available if a new seat is neededCertification of Completion for the courts
10CA CPS Violator Education Programs How to Start a CPS Violator Education ProgramFor technical assistance contact Kate Bernacki at VOSP and visit the website for detailed information at cdph.ca.gov/vosp“Family Safety in the Car” - curriculum and technical assistance to start up CPS Violator Education Programs - SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.“Who’s Got Car Seats?” identifies which counties have CPS Violator Education Programs.23 Counties have CPS Violator Education Programs.
11The Violator Education Program is a collaboration between . . . COURT’S ROLERegister the CPS violation as a conviction unless dismissedIf decide to waive or reduce the fine, thenhave violator show proof of economic disadvantageANDrefer to Violator Education Program if available within 50 miles of residenceCPS Program/Coordinator The Courts Law Enforcement
12Kate Bernacki, MPH (916) 552-9855 Kate.Bernacki@cdph.ca.gov cdph.ca.gov/vosp **Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.**