2019 Texas Child Passenger Safety Conference (logo)

July 29–31, 2019

Doubletree by Hilton – Austin
6505 Interstate Highway-35 North
Austin, Texas 78752


Mark Your Calendars

We hope you are able to attend the 2019 Texas Child Passenger Safety Conference in July. As in previous years, you will be able to earn CEUs during the event. More details will be posted soon.

General and registration information is available on the 2019 CPS Conference registration website.


Keynote Speaker
Terry Smith, Utah Department of Public Safety Highway Safety Office

Terry Smith

Terry began his law enforcement career in 1977 working as a city officer, then joined the Utah Highway Patrol in 1979, from which he retired in 2004. According to Terry, he has been in child passenger safety such a long time he tells people he “helped wrap Moses and send him down the Nile.” What was it like to be a young, new police officer ready to save the world? Terry recalled his career, starting at a small police department to later joining the state highway patrol. He discussed his work in crash investigation and the day he responded to a crash that made a profound impact on his future.

Program & Presentations

Conference program

General Sessions

Concurrent Workshop Sessions




Monday, July 29, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Child Safety Seat Checkoff (by appointment only)
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Reception
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Opening Plenary Session
9:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Manufacturer Panels
10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. General Session I
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Workshop Session I

  • Exploring Interventions to Reduce Misuse: Top Tether Features and Lower Anchor Spacing
  • How Tight Is Tight?
  • Autonomous Vehicle Technology
  • CPS in Ambulances: Safe Transport for Children
2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Workshop Session II

  • New LATCH Manual Part I
  • Vehicle Technology and CPS
  • Booster Seats — We Don’t Need No Stinking Booster Seats
  • Product Development: Why Can’t You Just Do This?
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. General Session II
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. General Session III
9:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Concurrent Workshop Session III

  • New LATCH Manual Part II
  • Vehicle Technology and CPS
  • Jeopardy
  • Ask the Experts
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Workshop Session IV

  • Heat Stroke
  • Advocating Together: Building a Strong Coalition
  • Use of Rideshare with Children
  • Instructor Development
12:00 noon – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. General Session IV
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. General Session V
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks


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