The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI) is an educational outreach unit of The University of Georgia, with primary funding support from the State of Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). Among many safety and law enforcement functions, GOHS administers federal grant formula funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to support a variety of traffic safety initiatives in Georgia, of which GTIPI is one. Administratively, GTIPI is an initiative of the UGA College of Family & Consumer Sciences, Department of Child & Family Development,Cooperative ExtensionDr. Don Bower, a professor of Child & Family Development, serves as project director.

History

This UGA/GOHS partnership dates back to the mid-1980's when grant funding was awarded to Extension to purchase demonstrator child safety seats. Local Extension educators in all of Georgia's 159 counties conducted parent classes in the consistent and correct use of these seats. The project, then known as the Occupant Safety Education Program (OSEP), has evolved into a statewide comprehensive traffic injury prevention/education effort. The project became known as GTIPI in 2002.

Location

The state office is located at the Institute's training facility in Conyers, Georgia. GTIPI also has a regional presence through staff based at selected Cooperative Extension county offices. Major educational program emphasis now includes child safety seats, safety belts, teen driving and senior drivers. The use of child safety seats in Georgia has risen from less than 20% to around 90% while this initiative has been active.

Collaborators

In addition to GOHS, GTIPI works in close collaboration with organizations such as Safe Kids GeorgiaDHR's Injury Prevention Section, private industry, the Georgia Motor Trucking Association, law enforcement agencies and other safety educators.

Mission Statement

The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute at The University of Georgia will reduce and prevent traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities through education, training, resources, and collaboration for all sectors of the public throughout the state of Georgia.

Staff

Dr. Don Bower, UGA Project Director

dbower@uga.edu

Randall Townley, GTIPI Program Director

randall.townley@uga.edu

Hilda Fields, Program Coordinator II

hildafields@uga.edu

Amanda Burnside, Occupant Protection Program Coordinator II

aburnside@uga.edu

Anthony Dilligard, Occupant Protection Program Coordinator I

anthonyd@uga.edu

Mi'chelle Lumbard, Program Coordinator I

michelle.lumbard@uga.edu

TuRhonda Faust, Office Manager

etorrenc@uga.edu

Holly Hegyesi, Administrative Assistant II

Richard Montalvo, Education Program Specialist

rmontal@uga.edu

Directions

Hours

8-5pm Monday - Friday

Phone

678-413-4281

(Toll free) 800-342-9819

Fax

678-413-4293