Itasca, IL – The National Child
Passenger Safety Board (NCPSB) is pleased to announce that Jennifer Hoekstra
and Sgt. Brian Cooper are the recipients of the fourth annual Child Passenger
Safety (CPS) Instructor and Technician of the Year Awards. Hoekstra and Cooper
were recognized at the annual Lifesavers Conference in Nashville on April 26.
Hoekstra, coordinator for the Helen
DeVos Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Program and Safe Kids Greater Grand
Rapids (Mich.), was named Instructor of the Year, while Cooper of the Carol
Stream Police Department (Ill.) is the Technician of the Year.
“We are so pleased to honor these two
individuals for the work they have done in their communities,” said Sarah
Haverstick, NCPSB Chair. “Both Jennifer
and Brian are outstanding examples of the important education and training that
car seat technicians and instructors provide on a daily basis all across the
Child passenger safety is one of the
nation’s most significant injury prevention initiatives, as car crashes are the
leading cause of injury and death for young children. Crash deaths have decreased
in the past decade by 43 percent, yet more than 650 children younger than 12
died in crashes in 2011. According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, 1 in 3 children was not buckled up. The National Highway
Transportation Safety Administration estimates that child restraints saved 309
lives in 2009 among children younger than five, and an estimated 9,310 lives
have been saved by child restraints from 1975 through 2009.
Hoekstra’s program has 89 car seat
events, 30 classes for expectant parents and more than 15 presentations to
social service agencies in the Grand Rapids area. Hoekstra is an active member
of different committees in Michigan that are working to improve the quality and
consistency of injury prevention messages.
She is also a recognized subject matter expert at both the local and
Cooper became a child passenger safety
technician in 2005 and has been consistently active in the CPS field. Cooper helps educate parents about the need
for proper child passenger safety, and he assists parents who need help
installing car seats. Cooper served in the U.S. Navy for four years as a Second
Class Petty Officer and earned two Navy Achievement Medals.
Child passenger safety inspection
stations are located throughout the country and can be located through NHTSA’s nationwide locator. To
learn how to become a certified technician or instructor, visit cert.safekids.org.
For more information about previous award
winners please visit www.cpsboard.org.
the National Child Passenger Safety Board
The mission of the National Child Passenger
Safety Board is to maintain the quality and integrity of the national Child
Passenger Safety Certification Training Program. This program is used to train
and certify child passenger safety technicians and instructors. For more
information about child passenger safety or the National CPS Board, please
visit the Board’s website at www.cpsboard.org.