Buckle Up for Life

Car Seat Safety for a Lifetime of Journeys
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Our Regional Impact on Passenger Safety and Education


Car seats provided to local families in need in 2022 & 2023.


Individuals provided with car seat, vehicle, and road safety education in 2023.

“Sam is a great advocate for child passenger safety, whose volunteer work has impacted the lives of many among the neediest families in the Bristol area…. With this award, we thank Sam for his service. We couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of the 2017-2018 BUFL Coordinator of the Year award than he is.”

Gloria Del Castillo

Senior Specialist of Community Engagement, Buckle Up for Life

“Thanks for your presentation today. Very informative and useful information that we can practice and hopefully make a habit of doing each day.”

B.M., Transportation Coordinator

Regional Early Learning Program

About the National Buckle Up for Life Program

Research by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center – a national leader in pediatric and adolescent medicine found that in the U.S. only 1 in 4 child car seats are properly installed. Adding to this tragedy is the fact that many injuries and deaths are avoidable with the use of proper restraints like child car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. That is why in 2004 Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Toyota teamed up to create Buckle Up for Life, a community-based passenger safety education program that educates the families on critical safety behaviors.

Appalachian Promise Alliance has been recognized by the national Buckle Up for Life program as a community partner for child passenger safety in our region.

Buckle Up for Life - Toyota - Cincinnati Children's

Services We Offer

Car Seat Fit Checks 

Not sure how to use your safety seat? Want to make sure it is installed correctly? Our Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs) provide hands-on education for using safety seats. Education is available from our certified technicians for free.
For community events, we partner with Child Passenger Safety Technicians including those from Niswonger Children’s Hospital, Bristol Tennessee Fire Rescue, Bristol Virginia Fire Departments to offer car seat checks in the Bristol area.

Education and Classes

We facilitate programming for children, teens, and adults on seat belt safety, and distracted driving. Additional training topics include special needs car seat installation and education, use of car seats on school buses, European car seat installation, and more.

Fill out an interest form online, or contact us to inquire about car seat checks and classes.

Samuel Jones

Samuel Jones

Buckle Up for Life Program Coordinator

Samuel Jones began volunteering w0pxth Appalachian Promise Alliance in 2014 with the Buckle Up for Life Program. Samuel brought Buckle Up for Life to Bristol in 2014, shortly after becoming a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), and has been instrumental in an ongoing partnership between Appalachian Promise Alliance and the national Buckle Up for Life child passenger safety program.

After joining Appalachian Promise Alliance, Samuel pursued further training across the vehicle, passenger, and traffic safety fields. Samuel certifications include Car Fit Event Coordinator, AARP Driver’s Safety Course Instructor for Virginia, Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer, Special Needs Car Seat Tech, School Bus Car Seat Tech, and European Car Seat Safety Tech. He is also a trainer for Impact Teen Drivers, a program that develops, promotes, and facilitates evidence-based education to stop the number one killer of teens—car crashes.

Samuel serves on the National Buckle Up for Life Curriculum Committee. He has been recognized for his work with the Buckle Up for Life program at Appalachian Promise Alliance, being named the 2017-2018 Coordinator of Year by National Buckle Up for Life. Samuel also was featured in the Bristol Herald Courier when he received the award, and he has since received recognition as an honorary Tennesseean from Governor Bill Lee and as an honorary Kentucky Colonel.

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