An estimated 3 out of 4 child safety seats are used incorrectly.
Could yours be one of them? Seat belts and child safety seats save lives, and Safer is dedicated to efforts which increase their proper use. According to the University of New Mexico Division of Government Research, of the people who were wearing seat belts in crashes in 2006 in New Mexico, only 1.6% died or suffered an incapacitating injury, compared with 28.8% of those who were not belted. Approximately 81% of belted crash victims were reportedly unharmed, compared to only 38% of unbelted occupants.
The NHTSA reports that using child safety seats decreases the risk of death by an estimated 71% for infants and 54% for older children.
The following programs are funded by the New Mexico Department of Transportation, Traffic Safety Division, and are administered by Safer New Mexico Now. For more information on any of these programs, please contact Safer at (505) 856-6143.