Woman Honored At White House For Teaching Traffic Safety To Latinos In U.S., Abroad

A Chicago traffic safety instructor who has traveled across Illinois and Latin America to raise awareness among Latinos about how to reduce car-related fatalities is among 11 people in the field of transportation who were honored at the White House on Tuesday.

Wanda Vazquez, who trains Latino leaders in the Chicago area to receive their certification as child passenger safety technicians, was named a White House “Champion of Change” for “exemplary leadership” in transportation.

Vazquez, who is a regional traffic safety liaison between Rincon Family Services, the non-profit multi-purpose organization where she works, and the Illinois Department of Transportation, has worked in the field of traffic safety for more than a decade.

The White House statement about Vazquez lauded her as “an active mentor and trainer for Hispanic advocates in the Chicago area.”

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