Florida Occupant Protection Resource Center (OPRC) May 2017 update

Published on: 05/22/2017

Occupant Protection (OP) Resources Available  

Occupant Protection resources are in very limited supply, but print materials are expected to be ordered within the next month. If there are items you would like to see added to the store, please contact alisonk@ufl.edu. For a list of all items that are currently available, as well as for ordering and reporting instructions, please visit the OPRC website at http://www.floridaoprc.ce.ufl.edu/.

The car seat store will open in June in  order for individuals to place orders for Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week events in September.

2017 Latch Manual

The 2017 LATCH Manual has an update available. Check the OPRC website’s national news section for this announcement.

CPS Updates

The OPRC helped organize two CPS updates this past April in Chipley and Ocala. Over 50 technicians and instructors participated in these events and were able to earn continuing education unit (CEU) credits, as well as learn valuable information on industry updates.

Florida Occupant Protection Coalition (FOPC)

The FOPC held their inaugural meeting on April 17 and 18 at the University of Florida. In the coming months, the FOPC will be developing a strategic plan that will serve as the blueprint for legislation, program, and funding strategies to maximize the State’s ability to reduce unrestrained motor vehicle occupant crashes. For more information about the FOPC and to learn of upcoming meetings, please visit http://floridaoprc.ce.ufl.edu/oprc/coalition.asp.

Scholarships Available for CPS Professional Certification and Recertification fees

Between now and the end of the year, the certification for almost 500 Florida CPS professionals will expire. As a reminder, the OPRC offers scholarships to help with Safe Kids certification and recertification fees. Please visit the OPRC scholarship website to learn more: http://www.floridaoprc.ce.ufl.edu/oprc/Scholarships1.asp

Stipends Available to Teach CPS Technician Certification Courses

Stipends are available to CPS Instructors for teaching CPS Technician certification courses. Those teaching within 50 miles of their work or home are eligible for $640 stipend while those teaching outside of this area are eligible for a  $1,500 stipend. To apply for a stipend, please visit: http://www.floridaoprc.ce.ufl.edu/oprc/Scholarships1.asp

We strongly encourage instructors to consider teaching courses in underserved areas such as those marked on this Florida CPS Density Map provided by FDOT - http://www.floridaoprc.ce.ufl.edu/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=1886. Justification can be made for instructors to receive more than one stipend per grant year for teaching in these areas.  

Upcoming Events: Get details of these events by visiting the OPRC online calendar: http://www.floridaoprc.ce.ufl.edu/oprc/calendar.asp

CPS Technician Certification courses across Florida – check for one in your area: http://cert.safekids.org/ -> Find A Course -> Search Florida

  • May 15th to June 4th: Click It or Ticket National Enforcement Mobilization
  • May 18th: Webinar for CPS CEUs: LATCH 2017 What the Curbside Tech Needs to Know
  • June 15th: Webinar for CPS CEUs: Manufacturer Update: Graco 
  • July 31st: National Heatstroke Prevention Day



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