The Center’s Traffic Safety and Child Passenger Seat Safety Program educates refugees, immigrants and non-native English-speaking Utica residents on automobile, bicycle, pedestrian, and child passenger safety tips. Traffic safety sessions are offered at the Community Education session on the third Friday of every month from 9:45 AM to 11:45 AM. Assistance with driving simulators is available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:15 PM to 3:00 PM. Permit study guides and child passenger seat information are available in several languages.

Program Highlights

  • Shape Created with Sketch. Child passenger seat distribution and safety with income qualification
  • Shape Created with Sketch. Permit and license preparation
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  • Shape Created with Sketch. NYS Training Child Passenger Safety Seat Certified Technicians (multiple languages available)
  • Shape Created with Sketch. Pedestrian safety
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  • Shape Created with Sketch. Individual support, and computer lab and hands-on practice with driving simulators
  • Shape Created with Sketch. Driving responsibly (DWI, Distracted Driving, and additional relevant information) translated into Arabic, Burmese, Karen, Nepali, Russian, and Swahili
  • Shape Created with Sketch. Education and distribution of child passenger seats and fitting station
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Key Contact Information


  • Traffic Safety is funded by the NYS Governor's Traffic Safety Committee. In 2018, we also received a generous donation from Preswick Glen to purchase 2 new driving simulators. We received other small grants to help support our acquisition and distribution of child passenger safety seats.

  • You must contact Lisanne Divine to make an appointment for an educational session and to determine income qualifications for a child passenger safety seat.  You will be required to attend our child passenger safety seat training before you are given a seat.

  • Yes we can! We have multiple child passenger safety seat technicians who are trained to properly install car seats. You do not have to be a refugee or immigrant for one of our technicians to help you install a car seat.

    If you need language assistance, we have technicians available who can speak Russian, Arabic, and a variety of Sudanese dialects. Please contact us to set up an appointment.

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