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County agent earns award from the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute

Published: 09/03/2015 1:37PM
By: bradleyc


Brenda Maddox, Fort Valley State University's Marion County extension agent, receives the 2015 Buckle Up! America award in Macon at the Georgia Secretary of State's Office July 9.

A county extension agent's commitment to educate diverse communities earned her recognition from an organization that aims to reduce car related fatalities.

Brenda Maddox, Fort Valley State University's Marion County extension agent, recently received a 2015 Buckle Up! America Award at the Georgia Secretary of State's Office in Macon on July 9.

Buckle Up! America Awards are presented to individuals and organizations that work to prevent or reduce fatalities involving traffic safety, car seat safety and seat belt safety. Maddox is the 2015 third place winner for the education category.

Maddox earned her award for teaching free car seat safety classes to Latino residents in 2014. The county agent coordinated with a bi-lingual car seat safety technician to teach approximately 15- 20 Latino residents and provide car seat checks in Marion County and surrounding areas. Along with providing a free car seat safety class, Maddox also provided free car seats to qualified residents based on income.

Some topics discussed in the car seat safety classes include properly securing a child in a car seat or booster seat, properly checking car seat labels for air bag warnings, and adhering to height and weight guidelines for seats.

The Buckle Up! America Award winner said these topics are important because a large percentage of children in the U.S. are not using age-appropriate safety restraints in vehicles and are also seated in the front seat exposing them to risks.

"To see people enlightened and empowered by the information is very rewarding," she said in response to the recognition received for conducting the classes.

Persons or agencies receiving Buckle Up! America Awards must be nominated with documentation showing impact in community involvement, injury prevention activities, advocacy, leadership and merit.

This award is presented by the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI), a part of the University of Georgia's College of Family and Consumer Sciences Extension and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

For more information about car seat safety classes offered through FVSU, contact Brenda Maddox, at 478-235-8695 or maddoxb@fvsu.edu