Safe Riders Child Occupant Safety Program

Welcome to the Safe Riders Traffic Safety Program, sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation. Safe Riders provides helpful information about child passenger safety (CPS), including links to related local and national websites. For more information (información disponible en español), please call Safe Riders at 800-252-8255 or e-mail us at saferiders@dshs.texas.gov

Program goal

To reduce the number of motor vehicle crash injuries and fatalities to children in Texas who are unrestrained due to family low-income status, Safe Riders manages a child safety seat distribution and education program. The program is available in most, but not all areas of Texas.

Program Overview & Services DOC

For the health and safety of our car seat distribution partners and the communities they serve, we have asked our car seat programs to temporarily suspend distribution program activities. This includes car seat distribution and the processing of requests for Safe Riders’ Educational Materials. We understand the ongoing need for assistance and apologize for the inconvenience. Please check back here for program updates. The Safe Riders team remains actively involved in ensuring the safety of your child and promoting child passenger safety. Please email us at saferiders@dshs.texas.gov or leave a voice message at 1-800-252-8255 to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Con el fin de proteger la salud y la seguridad de nuestros asociados que distribuyen los asientos infantiles para auto, y de proteger a las comunidades a las que sirven, hemos pedido a nuestros programas de asientos infantiles para auto que suspendan temporalmente sus actividades y la distribución. Esto incluye la distribución de asientos y el trámite de solicitudes de materiales educativos del programa Safe Riders. Comprendemos que existe una necesidad continua de asistencia y lamentamos sinceramente las molestias que esto ocasione. Visite esta página web para conocer las actualizaciones del programa. El equipo de Safe Riders sigue activamente comprometido en asegurar la protección de sus hijos y promover la seguridad de los niños como pasajeros. Envíenos un correo electrónico a saferiders@dshs.texas.gov, o déjenos un mensaje de voz llamando al 1-800-252-8255 para que respondamos a cualquier pregunta o preocupación que usted tenga.

Safe Riders Hosts Virtual Webinars

Safe Riders is hosting a webinar watch party series for Texas certified child passenger safety (CPS) technicians. CPS technicians can receive continuing education unit (CEU) for recertification by attending. The virtual events will include a Q&A session following the training. Safe Riders staff will be available to provide guidance on how to submit CEUs. Safe Riders hosts these events on the third Thursday of each month.

Below is a tentative schedule. If you want to attend a virtual watch party, please email saferiders@dshs.texas.gov.

March 18

  1. Doona Car Seat Manufacturer – (1 CEU)
  2. Britax Manufacturer Update – (1 CEU)
  3. Load Legs & Rebound Bars – (1 CEU)  

April 15: Fact or Fiction

May 20: Fact or Fiction 

Child Passenger Safety Videos

Securing Our Future (Asegurando Nuestro Futuro) is a video that provides basic information about child passenger safety. Designed primarily for parents, it provides an overview of the need for restraining children, types of child restraints and how to use them, and resources for additional information.

Securing Our Future - 13:12 YouTube Asegurando Nuestro Futuro - 11:46 YouTube

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Last updated March 19, 2021