(Marietta, Ga. – July 15, 2016)
An Occupational Therapy Assistant program instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College was honored Wednesday, July 13, with the 2016 Buckle Up, America! Award. The award was presented to Amy Shaffer by the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI), a unit of the University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
The Buckle Up, America! Awards recognize those individuals, agencies, communities, and civic groups who work to reduce injuries and prevent fatalities in Georgia through involvement with traffic safety, seat belt, and child safety seat awareness and enforcement initiatives. To be considered for an award, a nomination was made with supportive documentation that identified impact in the following areas: community involvement, injury prevention activities, advocacy, leadership, and merit.
Shaffer was nominated in the Special Recognition Category for demonstrating how to effectively address traffic injury prevention and involve other organizations in a community effort. Shaffer was also recognized for taking an active role in promoting injury prevention in the field of traffic safety, including legislative activities, injury prevention initiatives and through media.
“I do feel being recognized outside of the college not only brings to light some of the positive things that Chattahoochee Tech does in the community, but it also brings a bit more awareness to older driver safety and the field of Occupational Therapy,” Shaffer said of the recognition.
“The 2016 Awards Ceremony was designed to recognize and publicly thank traffic safety advocates for all they have done to support safer travel in Georgia,” said GTIPI Project Director Don Bower. “These award winners focus on seat belts, child passenger safety and teen driving programs in the local community and across the state of Georgia. Traffic-related injuries and deaths are down significantly in Georgia, due largely to these efforts.”
Bower presented the awards with Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, and Frankie Jones, GTIPI director.
For more information about the Buckle Up America! Awards, or for more information about traffic safety, child safety seats, teen driving, and older driving resources, visit the University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute’s website at www.ridesafegeorgia.org.