The mission of the Prevention First Traffic Safety Resource Center is to provide education and public information to empower individuals to make driving decisions that will reduce injury and death on Illinois roadways.

Prevention First’s Traffic Safety Resource Center focuses on measures dealing with teen safe driving, increasing seat belt use among all drivers, preventing impaired and distracted driving, Child Passenger Safety, and increasing awareness of Illinois graduated driver license laws.

At Prevention First, we know that traffic crashes can happen in a split second. We also know they are preventable. When it comes to driving, every decision matters. Through education Prevention First Traffic Safety Resource Center is committed to helping teens be safer drivers; making sure all drivers are using seatbelts; keeping all children safe within a moving vehicle, and empowering drivers to always make the right choice.

For questions about Traffic Safety programs and events, please contact Kathy Murphy at or 217-494-1383.

Peer-to-Peer Teen-Led Safety Program

Prevention First is excited to offer a peer-to-peer traffic safety program that educates teens about driving-related dangers. Our goal is to utilize the power of youth to empower safe driving behaviors by both the teens delivering the messages and the teens receiving them.

Do you have creative teens in your school? If so, you are the perfect school to participate in our peer-to-peer teen-led safe driving program. Each school participating and completing the required guidelines will receive a $50 gift card.

Schools will have the opportunity to participate in a traffic safety PSA competition and have their PSA published. Recognition of the school’s activities will be promoted through the Traffic Safety Resource Center (TSRC) in various ways, including the TSRC web page, social media platforms, and the TSRC newsletter.

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Defensive Driving Course

Prevention First is excited to now offer defensive driving courses.

The National Safety Councils Defensive Driving Course teaches drivers how to recognize and react to immediate and potentially hazardous driving situations and conditions. The instructor-led classroom course provides collision prevention strategies and defensive driving techniques focusing on behavior, judgment, decision-making, and consequences.

This highly interactive course will help drivers make positive choices to improve driving behaviors and attitudes and encourage respectful and lawful decisions to avoid motor vehicle incidents and decrease traffic violations.

Employer Traffic Safety Program

Every 12 minutes, someone dies in a motor vehicle crash. Every 10 seconds, an injury occurs. Every 5 seconds, a crash occurs. Many of these incidents occur during the workday or during the commute to and from work. Employers bear the cost of injuries that occur both on and off the job.

Do you know the cost to your business when an employee is involved in a crash? COST CALCULATOR

To obtain a free toolkit to promote traffic safety within your business and reduce the risk of traffic crashes among employees, contact Kathy Murphy at or 217.494.1383.

Parent/Teen GDL Presentation

The Parent/Teen Graduated Driver License Law presentation is a free 90-minute evidence-based presentation offered by Prevention First. The in-depth traffic safety presentation educates parents about Illinois’ Graduated Driver License (GDL) law and provides them with the tools they need to monitor, coach, and support their new teen driver.

The purpose of the Graduated License Laws program is to ease teens into licensure so that they can build skills in an environment that minimizes those things that are shown to cause the greatest risk for new drivers. Our goal is to reduce the number of motor vehicle fatalities, injuries, and crashes among teen drivers by increasing parental awareness and enforcement of Illinois’ GDL law. A trained traffic safety Educator and Law Enforcement Officer will team up to provide the presentation to educate parents on how to utilize the Illinois GDL laws to reduce their teen's risk of injury in a traffic crash.

Click here to learn how to attend or host a parent/teen GDL presentation.

Child Passenger Safety

What is a Child Passenger Safety Technician?

Child Passenger Safety Technicians are car seat experts who have taken a roughly 40-hour class with a curriculum written by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in collaboration with National CPS Board and Safe Kids Worldwide. During the class, they learn the ins and outs of car seats, installation options, vehicle differences, harnessing procedures, and more. Child Passenger Safety Technicians practice hands-on exercises where instructors check to ensure they understand what they are doing and why.

Are you interested in becoming a Child Passenger Safety Technician?

Join the team of over 43,000 nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians and be that community advocate or resource in your community! As a Child Passenger Safety Technician, you will put your knowledge to work through a variety of activities, including community presentations and/or child safety seat checks where parents and caregivers receive education and hands-on assistance with the proper use of child restraint systems and seat belts. Most parents still misuse their child's restraints and need help to get them right. To register for a child passenger safety certification course, you can locate the timing and location of a course near you by searching for coursesOnce you find a course you would like to attend, you will be prompted to create an online profile after doing so, you will be able to register for a course.

Need your car seat checked? Find a Child Passenger Safety Technician near you.

Safe Kids can connect you to Child Passenger Safety Technicians in your community who can check to ensure your car seats are installed correctly and teach you how to use and install a car seat on your own. 

Find child passenger safety technicians in your area through the National CPS Certification Program. Fill in the online form and search by location, language, or special needs training.

Traffic Safety Resource Center is funded in part or in whole by the Illinois Department of Transportation.