Seatbelt Safety Curriculum for ESL Programs

ESL programs are taught throughout the United States at public libraries, schools, community centers, colleges, universities, and elsewhere. Most students in beginning-level ESL classes are recent immigrants, often from countries with different traffic safety practices. In 1998, Congress provided funding for integrated English literacy and civics education services for recent immigrants and others with limited English-language proficiency. This project developed a traffic safety curriculum that can be incorporated into beginning ESL programs to increase safety belt and child restraint use among new immigrants who enroll in these programs. The curriculum was developed with assistance from the Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas in collaboration with the Spring Institute of Denver Colorado.