Child safety advocate Julie Bogart from Grand Rapids named Michigan Child Passenger Safety Technician of the YearContact: Kari Arend, 517-284-3045
March 21, 2019
Julie Bogart, a child passenger safety technician (CPST) from west Michigan, has been selected as the 2018 CPST of the Year by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. The annual recognition program honors those who serve as an example to other technicians by educating families about the proper installation and use of car seats, booster seats and seat belts.
Since becoming a technician in June 2018, Bogart has assisted at more than 30 car seat events. Prior to her role as a CPST, she was an assistant at car seat checks and fitting stations for more than six years.
Jennifer Hoekstra, a CPST instructor from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, stated in a letter of support that, “Julie exemplifies commitment, hard work, and service. She is always willing to step up at the last minute and volunteers her time every week with a smile and great attitude.”
Erin Baughn, from Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, said “Julie is very passionate about her role in educating families about car seat safety. She is a fun, energetic person who truly cares about every family she helps.”
Michigan has a network of more than 1,000 CPSTs in 98 percent of the counties in Michigan. Each must complete a four-day certification course which includes hands-on activities, skill assessments with car seats and vehicles, classroom instruction and tools for teaching parents and caregivers how to properly protect their family on the road.
For more information about becoming a CPST, visit https://cert.safekids.org/become-tech/certification-course. To learn more about car seats in Michigan, including a link to car seat events statewide and links on the proper fit for car seats and booster seats visit https://www.michigan.gov/carseats.
Child safety advocate Julie Bogart from Grand Rapids named Michigan Child Passenger Safety Technician of the Year