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Child safety seat clinic in Artesia today

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Child safety seat clinics will occur in Artesia as well as seven other cities today.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is sponsoring the clinics, held as part of the National Child Passenger Safety week Seat Check Saturday.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated three out of four child safety seats are not used correctly. The proper use of child safety seats in passenger cars reduces fatal injury by 71 percent in infants and by 54 percent for toddlers ages 1 to 4.

At the clinics, certified technicians will provide information on the proper selection and use of their child safety seats. The clinics are held on a first-come, first-served basis. The service is free and open to the public.

The clinics are a public service provided by the NMDOT’s Traffic Safety Division and Safer New Mexico Now. Kohl’s Department Stores is partnering with NMDOT through the Kohl’s Cares Community Outreach Program.

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The Artesia clinic will occur from 10 a.m. to noon at the West Main Baptist Church, 1701 W. Main St.

More information about National Child Passenger Safety Week Seat Check Saturday and other child passenger safety information is available by calling 800-231-6145 or visiting safernm.org.