The most precious cargo in District 4 Doña Ana County Commissioner Scott A. Krahling’s personal vehicle is his family. On Wednesday, Sept. 1, Krahling and his children will be on hand at 3 p.m. for a child-safety-seat clinic presented at Sisbarro Motors.

The media is encouraged to attend to help educate parents and caregivers in Doña Ana County about the importance of child-safety-seat installation and use. Following the media event, a public clinic will be held from 4-6 p.m.

The event will be staffed by the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department, the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department, the New Mexico State Police, the Las Cruces Police Department and the Mesilla Marshal’s Office.

Certified technicians will provide hands-on, safety-seat inspections and show parents how to safely move the devices from one vehicle to another.

The event precedes National Child Passenger Safety Week and is free to the public. Sisbarro Motors is located on the southwest corner of Valley Drive and Boutz Road.

“It’s the responsibility of every single parent and caregiver to make sure their children are safely restrained on every trip and at all times,” said Jamie Michael of the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department. “We encourage all drivers to get their child-safety seats inspected. When it comes to the health and safety of a child, there is no room for error.”

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 3-14 years old in the United States, according to the National Highway Safety Administration, which also reports that 80 percent of child-safety seats are incorrectly used.

In addition to hands-on inspections and tutorials for the correct use of child-safety seats, the Sept. 1 event will offer extensive written materials designed to enhance safety for all passengers in a motor vehicle.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews: may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.