First Ride Safe Ride

Launched in 2010, “First Ride, Safe Ride” is a program for health care providers to learn about child passenger safety for newborns. The focus of the project is to address the barriers faced by hospitals working to provide education on child passenger safety. Participating sites receive training, resources for distribution, and template policies at no charge.

Health Care Provider Training

The First Ride, Safe Ride training is a free 2-hour child passenger safety training. The training is designed for anyone involved with education or the discharge process. This includes:

  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Delivery Team Members
  • Volunteers
  • Transporters

From the training, participants will be able to understand:

  • Public health impact of vehicle crashes
  • Current child passenger safety laws in Virginia
  • Best practices in child passenger safety

Technical assistance is also provided including template policies, program information, and hands-on demonstration.

To learn more or to schedule a training, contact

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Free Print Materials

VDH offers FREE patient resources as part of the First Ride Safe Ride Program.

Materials are available to support your educational efforts. The following print items can be ordered here. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of materials.

Useful Websites:

The following resource can be requested by emailing

  • Health Care Provider Guide to Child Passenger Safety for Newborns

American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statements and Recommendations

Policy Statement Child Passenger Safety (Pediatrics published online November 2018)

Safe Transportation of Newborns at Hospital Discharge (PEDIATRICS Vol. 104 No. 4 October 1999, pp. 986-987)

Safe Transportation of Preterm and Low Birth Weight Infants at Hospital Discharge (Pediatrics 2009;123;1424-1429)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

NHTSA Recommendations: Hospital Discharge Recommendations for Safe Transportation of Children (2014)