Traffic Safety Resources


Links to Traffic Safety or Educational Sites

 

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Texas Law-Related Education (LRE)- www.texaslre.org   Social Studies K-12 lessons, information, and student-centered games, with emphasis on hands-on activities.  LRE also hosts teacher in-services. A must for every social studies teacher.

 

 

Buckle Up Texas - www.buckleuptexas.com   

The mission of the Statewide Comprehensive Law Enforcement Liaison Support and Distracted Driving for Peace Officers Course is to promote traffic safety throughout the State of Texas, work in a supportive role with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), provide child passenger safety education and assistance, and instruct Law Enforcement on the topic of distracted driving.

 

 

Video Lending Library

 

As part of Driving on the Right Side of the Road grant, TMCEC has created a lending library of DVDs that teachers, judges and court support personnel can borrow to make presentations before community and school groups. A list of the available DVDs can be found in the Lending Library Brochure, linked below. There is no charge and the loan period is two weeks. Email tmcec@tmcec.com with the name of the DVD that you would like to borrow. You may borrow up to two at a time. Please provide us with a short description of how you intend to use the DVD and the name and mailing address to which it should be shipped. If you have ideas on other DVDs that TMCEC should add to its lending library, please email tmcec@tmcec.com with your suggestions.

DRSR Lending Library Brochure_2015.pdf

 

 

VIDEOS AND PSAs from the INTERNET

 

Below please find a selection of traffic safety-related videos and PSAs that are available to view for free on the internet. These videos can be shown in the classroom as part of a DRSR lesson on traffic safety, they can serve as examples for students considering entering TMCEC's annual PSA contest, or they can be shown in the courtroom or court lobby while waiting for court proceedings to begin.

If you have a favorite traffic safety-related video or PSA, please let us know at tmcec@tmcec.com and we will add it to the list. If you are looking for a longer video, TMCEC has a DVD lending library of traffic safety-related videos that can be borrowed for free for use in the courtroom or classroom. Please check out the lending library here.

  • Jacqui Saburido: Before and After: commercial featuring Jacqui Saburido, who was badly burned in a car crash when she was hit by a drunk driver (30 seconds)
    • For more on Jacqui, visit facesofdrunkdriving.com or borrow the complete Before and After DVD set from TMCEC's lending library
  • The Last Text: documentary telling the stories of victims of texting-while-driving crashes, from AT&T (11 minutes)
  • From One Second to the Next: a new documentary profiling texting-while-driving victims and drivers and the intense impact the crashes have had on all of their lives (35 minutes)
  • Steer Clear: documentary about brothers who were in a crash where their ended up wrapped around a pole, from State Farm (5 minutes)
  • The Last Word: moving commercial of a young boy attending his father's funeral after a texting-while-driving crash (4 minutes)
  • The Rock: soccer-themed commercial about having a designated driver (2 minutes)
  • The Rock (Spanish): soccer-themed commercial about having a designated driver (2 minutes)
  • Happy Hour FAIL: clever commercial using only social media to show the consequences of drinking and driving (2 minutes)
  • Why I Ticket: Deputy Culin: personal story from a law enforcement officer on why he writes tickets for seat belt violations, from from TxDOT's Click It or Ticket campaign (30 seconds)
  • Why I Ticket: Sgt. McDonald: personal story from a law enforcement officer on why he writes tickets for seat belt violations, from from TxDOT's Click It or Ticket campaign (30 seconds)
  • Why I Ticket: SPO Spradlin: personal story from a law enforcement officer on why he writes tickets for seat belt violations, from from TxDOT's Click It or Ticket campaign (30 seconds)
  • Why I Ticket: SPO Bremner (Spanish): personal story from a law enforcement officer on why he writes tickets for seat belt violations, from from TxDOT's Click It or Ticket campaign (30 seconds)
  • It Can Wait: anti-texting and driving website with various videos

Driving on the Right Side of the Road is a project aimed at teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels that is made possible through a collaborative effort with the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center and Law Focused Education Inc., a project of the State Bar of Texas, with funding through the Texas Department of Transportation.

 


TRAFFIC SAFETY GAMES

Things on Wheels Challenge

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Answer the questions about bicycles, in-line skating, and skateboarding to win!
(Grades 1-8)

 

Bus Safety Challenge

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Do you know what it takes to stay safe on the bus?
(Grades 1-8)

 

Young Driver Millionaire Challenge

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In the style of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," this challenge will test the knowledge of soon to be drivers to see if they have what it takes to be safe on the road.
(Grades 8-12)

 

Traffic Safety Quiz

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Test your general knowledge of Texas Traffic Safety.
(Grades 1-12)

 

More Games!

 

Texas Statutes - current through November 2013

 

K-3

Bicycle Safety

http://www.helmets.org/videos.htm - This website from the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute provides bicycle safety videos from many different sources for all ages. It also gives information on how to purchase the videos that are not free.

I’m Safe on My Bike (I’m Safe Series), by Wendy and Paul Gordon, 1999, $5 - This is a paperback picture book that gives important bicycle safety tips through a fun story. Available at http://www.amazon.com/Im-Safe-My-Bike/dp/1891596101/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273865252&sr=8-13

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Bicycles/Ride+Smart+-+It's+Time+to+Start - These two "funky, fast paced" videos from NHTSA show students the dangers of biking without a helmet.

http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/bicyclesaferjourney/el_en.html - This resource webpage, Bicycle Safety Journey, has a wealth of videos, activities, and quizzes for bike riders aged 5-18. 

Bus Safety

http://www.ncsbs.org/ - The National Coalition for School Bus Safety is one of the most comprehensive websites available concerning bus safety. It has fact summaries, accident data, scientific reports, presentations, and much more. It also addresses the need for safetybelts on school buses.

http://www.nysgtsc.state.ny.us/Kids/kid-schl.htm - A fun webpage providing safety tips for school bus travel, a jigsaw puzzle, a great illustration of the danger zones around a stopped school bus, and some tips for walking near school.

Staying Safe on the School Bus (Safety First), by Joanne Mattern, 2007, $7 - Provides important safety tips for children that ride the school bus. Available at http://www.amazon.com/Staying-Safe-School-Safety-First/dp/0836878027/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274208219&sr=8-1

Safety Belts

http://kidshealth.org/kid/watch/out/car_safety.html - Kidshealth.org is a great resource for youngsters just beginning to learn about car and bus safety. It reviews safety belt basics, booster seat safety, airbags, buses, and other general health topics. It is easy to read, yet it covers many topics in-depth. 

Pedestrian Safety

Safety on Wheels with the Safety Sarge (DVD), $30 - The Safety Sarge - a man dressed up in military fatigues - shows kids how to be safe on bicycles, scooters, skateboards, in cars, and as a pedestrian. He pays special attention to the necessity of wearing a helmet. Available at http://www.amazon.com/Safety-Wheels-Sarge/dp/B000ATYJD0/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1274977562&sr=8-6


Upper Elementary

Bicycle Safety

2006 Essential Guide to Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety - Bicycling Crashes, Lanes, Access, Federal Funding, NHTSA, Federal Highway Administration, Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (CD-ROM), $25 - This comprehensive CD-ROM has over 39,000 pages of material on bicycle and pedestrian safety. It is an invaluable educational resource. Available at http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Pedestrian-Bicycling-Administration-Turner-Fairbank/dp/1422000966/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274978700&sr=8-1-catcorr

http://www.helmets.org/videos.htm - This website from the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute provides bicycle safety videos from many different sources for all ages. It also gives information on how to purchase the videos that are not free.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Bicycles/Ride+Smart+-+It's+Time+to+Start - These two "funky, fast paced" videos from NHTSA show students the dangers of biking without a helmet.

http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/bicyclesaferjourney/el_en.html - This resource webpage, Bicycle Safety Journey, has a wealth of videos, activities, and quizzes for bike riders aged 5-18. 

Bus Safety

http://www.ncsbs.org/ - The National Coalition for School Bus Safety is one of the most comprehensive websites available concerning bus safety. It has fact summaries, accident data, scientific reports, presentations, and much more. It also addresses the need for safetybelts on school buses.

http://www.nysgtsc.state.ny.us/Kids/kid-schl.htm - A fun webpage providing safety tips for school bus travel, a jigsaw puzzle, a great illustration of the danger zones around a stopped school bus, and some tips for walking near school.

Extreme Sports Safety

http://life.familyeducation.com/sports/safety/29462.html - A short piece that highlights the growing popularity of extreme sports as well as examines injuries resulting from extreme sports as compared to those resulting from traditional sports.

http://www.mgh.harvard.edu/children/adolescenthealth/articles/aa_x-treme_sports_safety.aspx - This short research article by MassGeneral Hospital for Children offers a brief overview of both the benefits and safety risks of extreme sports such as skateboard and inline skating.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTeXKHkNqgk - No extreme sports links page is complete without a video of the epic wipe-out by Jake Brown at the X-Games. It serves as a reminder of what can happen if you “go big.”

Safety Belts

http://kidshealth.org/kid/watch/out/car_safety.html - Kidshealth.org is a great resource for youngsters just beginning to learn about car and bus safety. It reviews safety belt basics, booster seat safety, airbags, buses, and other general health topics. It is easy to read, yet it covers many topics in-depth. 

Pedestrian Safety

http://fcs.tamu.edu/safety/passenger_safety/toolkit/index.php - From the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and TxDOT comes Road Wise: A Complete Traffic Safety Program Toolkit. Complete with PowerPoint presentations, lesson plans, fact sheets, activities, news articles, and much more, this resource is truly all-encompassing. The topics that it covers include child passenger safety, aggressive driving, occupant protection, youth traffic safety, and more.

Safety on Wheels with the Safety Sarge (DVD), $30 - The Safety Sarge - a man dressed up in military fatigues - shows kids how to be safe on bicycles, scooters, skateboards, in cars, and as a pedestrian. He pays special attention to the necessity of wearing a helmet. Available at http://www.amazon.com/Safety-Wheels-Sarge/dp/B000ATYJD0/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1274977562&sr=8-6


Middle School

Bicycle Safety

2006 Essential Guide to Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety, $25 - Bicycling Crashes, Lanes, Access, Federal Funding, NHTSA, Federal Highway Administration, Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (CD-ROM) - This comprehensive CD-ROM has over 39,000 pages of material on bicycle and pedestrian safety. It is an invaluable educational resource.  Available at http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Pedestrian-Bicycling-Administration-Turner-Fairbank/dp/1422000966/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274978700&sr=8-1-catcorr

http://www.helmets.org/videos.htm - This website from the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute provides bicycle safety videos from many different sources for all ages. It also gives information on how to purchase those videos that are not free.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Bicycles/Ride+Smart+-+It's+Time+to+Start - These two "funky, fast paced" videos from NHTSA show students the dangers of biking without a helmet.

http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/bicyclesaferjourney/el_en.html - This resource webpage, Bicycle Safety Journey, has a wealth of videos, activities, and quizzes for bike riders aged 5-18. 

Bus Safety

http://www.ncsbs.org/ - The National Coalition for School Bus Safety is one of the most comprehensive websites available concerning bus safety. It has fact summaries, accident data, scientific reports, presentations, and much more. It also addresses the need for safety belts on school buses.

http://www.nysgtsc.state.ny.us/Kids/kid-schl.htm - A fun webpage providing safety tips for school bus travel, a jigsaw puzzle, a great illustration of the danger zones around a stopped school bus, and some tips for walking near school.

Extreme Sports Safety

http://life.familyeducation.com/sports/safety/29462.html - A short piece that highlights the growing popularity of extreme sports as well as examines injuries resulting from extreme sports as compared to those resulting from traditional sports.

http://www.mgh.harvard.edu/children/adolescenthealth/articles/aa_x-treme_sports_safety.aspx - This short research article by MassGeneral Hospital for Children offers a brief overview of both the benefits and safety risks of extreme sports such as skateboard and inline skating.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTeXKHkNqgk - No extreme sports links page is complete without a video of the epic wipe-out by Jake Brown at the X-Games. It serves as a reminder of what can happen if you “go big.”

Safety Belts

http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/safety_belts.html - Provides safety belt statistics and accident photographs that are sure to make even the most stubborn passengers buckle up!

Pedestrian Safety

http://fcs.tamu.edu/safety/passenger_safety/toolkit/index.php - From the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and TxDOT comes Road Wise: A Complete Traffic Safety Program Toolkit. Complete with PowerPoint presentations, lesson plans, fact sheets, activities, news articles, and much more, this resource is truly all-encompassing. The topics that it covers include child passenger safety, aggressive driving, occupant protection, youth traffic safety, and more.


High School

Aggressive and Distracted Driving

Crashproof Your Kids: Make Your Teen a Safer, Smarter Driver, by Timothy C. Smith, 2006, $17 - Certified driving instructor Timothy C. Smith has compiled a list of behind-the-wheel exercises designed to make new drivers safer. Available at http://www.amazon.com/Crashproof-Your-Kids-Smarter-Driver/dp/0743277112/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b

Bicycle Safety

2006 Essential Guide to Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety - Bicycling Crashes, Lanes, Access, Federal Funding, NHTSA, Federal Highway Administration, Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (CD-ROM), $25 - This comprehensive CD-ROM has over 39,000 pages of material on bicycle and pedestrian safety. It is an invaluable educational resource. Available at http://www.amazon.com/Crashproof-Your-Kids-Smarter-Driver/dp/0743277112/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b

http://www.helmets.org/videos.htm - This website from the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute provides bicycle safety videos from many different sources for all ages. It also gives information on how to purchase the videos that are not free.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Bicycles/Ride+Smart+-+It's+Time+to+Start - These two "funky, fast paced" videos from NHTSA show students the dangers of biking without a helmet.

http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/bicyclesaferjourney/el_en.html - This resource webpage, Bicycle Safety Journey, has a wealth of videos, activities, and quizzes for bike riders aged 5-18. 

Bus Safety

http://www.ncsbs.org/ - The National Coalition for School Bus Safety is one of the most comprehensive websites available concerning bus safety. It has fact summaries, accident data, scientific reports, presentations, and much more. It also addresses the need for safety belts on school buses.

http://www.nysgtsc.state.ny.us/Kids/kid-schl.htm - A fun webpage providing safety tips for school bus travel, a jigsaw puzzle, a great illustration of the danger zones around a stopped school bus, and some tips for walking near school.

Extreme Sports Safety

http://life.familyeducation.com/sports/safety/29462.html - A short piece that highlights the growing popularity of extreme sports as well as examines injuries resulting from extreme sports as compared to those resulting from traditional sports.

http://www.mgh.harvard.edu/children/adolescenthealth/articles/aa_x-treme_sports_safety.aspx - This short research article by MassGeneral Hospital for Children offers a brief overview of both the benefits and safety risks of extreme sports such as skateboard and inline skating.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTeXKHkNqgk - No extreme sports links page is complete without a video of the epic wipe-out by Jake Brown at the X-Games. It serves as a reminder of what can happen if you “go big.”

Motorcycle Safety

http://www.msf-usa.org/ - Don’t even think about getting on a motorcycle without visiting the Motorcycle Safety Foundation first! Here, you can search for local motorcycle safety courses, watch safety videos, and more.

http://www.motosport.com/motorcycle/motorcycle-safety-resource-guide - MotoSport.com provides an introductory Motorcycle Safety Resource Guide, including information about equipment and maintenance.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation\'s Guide to Motorcycling Excellence: Skills, Knowledge, and Strategies for Riding Right (2nd Edition), 2005, $16 – This 192-page book gives motorcyclists all the information that they need to ride safely. It is probably the most comprehensive and best written primer on motorcycle safety available. Available at http://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Safety-Foundations-Motorcycling-Excellence/dp/1884313477/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275503016&sr=8-1

http://www.tripbuzz.com/motorcycle-safety-guide/ - A comprehensive guide to motorcycle safety.

Pedestrian Safety

http://fcs.tamu.edu/safety/passenger_safety/toolkit/index.php - From the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and TxDOT comes Road Wise: A Complete Traffic Safety Program Toolkit. Complete with PowerPoint presentations, lesson plans, fact sheets, activities, news articles, and much more, this resource is truly all-encompassing. The topics that it covers include child passenger safety, aggressive driving, occupant protection, youth traffic safety, and more.

Safety Belts

http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/safety_belts.html - Provides safety belt statistics and accident photographs that are sure to make even the most stubborn passengers buckle up!

Underage Drinking

http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa67/aa67.htm - This website comes from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It presents some grizzly statistics associated with underage drinking. It also delves into the question of why adolescents drink, describes the health risks, and suggests some possible prevention strategies.

Underage Drinking (Issues that Concern You), by James Austin, 2009, $30 - At 104 pages and at a young adult reading level, this book is ideal for a new high school student. It presents issues and dangers surrounding underage drinking. Isn’t it best for children to educate themselves about drinking before they are given the opportunity to try it in real life? Available at http://www.amazon.com/Underage-Drinking-Issues-That-Concern/dp/0737730919/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275501024&sr=8-1

 

 

 

 

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