May 31, 2006

Contact: Barbara Lemaire (505) 277-5628

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Albuquerque, N.M. - Saturday, June 3, UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital, along with the organization Safer New Mexico Now, will hold a Child Safety Seat Clinic from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Carrie Tingley Hospital parking lot, located at 1127 University Blvd., NE. Safer New Mexico Now will offer instructions to parents and caregivers on the correct selection and use of their child safety seats. Appointments are not required.

Through education, advocacy and targeted outreach efforts, Safer New Mexico Now seeks to reduce the incidence of death and injury of children in motor vehicle crashes. Safer New Mexico Now works with hospitals and health care clinics to conduct child safety seat inspection events several times each month in various locations throughout the state.

The organization has established eight permanent child safety seat fitting stations as a resource for families. Several of these sites serve primarily Spanish-speaking populations. All distribution sites receive educational resources from the Injury Prevention and Resource Center (IPRC) throughout the year.

Safer New Mexico Now is a private nonprofit organization established in 1985 as part of a national campaign to develop, coordinate, and implement centralized efforts to promote motor vehicle occupant protection statewide.