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Lorrie Walker

Training Manager and Technical Advisor, Safe Kids Buckle Up Program

With more than 26 years of experience, Lorrie Walker is one of the country’s most respected authorities in child passenger safety. Before joining Safe Kids in 2004, Lorrie served as the director of the Florida Traffic Safety Resource Center and assistant professor of research at Florida Atlantic University. Now, she oversees the national training program for more than 300 Safe Kids Coalitions throughout the United States and is expanding her work to provide guidance to other countries on issues of child passenger safety. As National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said in her keynote speech at the prestigious Lifesavers Conference, “Lorrie can go home each night knowing that there’s a family intact and safe and together because of the work she does.” Lorrie holds a Bachelor's degree from Eastern College in St. Davids, Penn., and a Master of Science from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

Blogs by Lorrie Walker

We were delighted recently when our partners at Safe Kids China asked us to visit and conduct a child passenger safety certification course in Shanghai. Our goal was to teach and certify health and safety professionals in Shanghai about the benefits of using child safety restraints in the car.

Only an estimated 2-3 percent of the population in China have or use car seats. But things are starting to change. A newly passed law will go into effect soon in Shanghai that will require children under 4 to ride in car seats. This is huge step in the right direction.

car heatstroke safety

As a technical advisor at Safe Kids Worldwide, where I work closely with families to help keep kids safe in and around cars, I dread hearing my work cell phone when it dings in the middle of the night or on a weekend.  Unfortunately, that “ding” is often an e-mail telling me that yet another child has died because of heatstroke. 

car passenger safety

Sometimes it takes traveling more than 7,000 miles to get a fresh perspective on something you’ve been doing for more than 25 years. That’s what happened to me in December when my colleague, Alexis Kagiliery, and I traveled to Doha, Qatar to conduct a technician certification.

car safety

It’s been an interesting week at Safe Kids Buckle Up! It’s National Teen Driving Awareness Week and we don’t usually get involved in teen driving issues. This year is different though, because of the Safe Kids Countdown2Drive campaign.