Gary L.J. Girón
June 4, 2009
NMDOT Celebrates “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” Train Tour to Promote
Child Passenger Safety
Albuquerque –New Mexico Department of Transportation Secretary Gary Girón announces that NMDOT
is jumping onboard the Disney train tour and using the opportunity to educate the public on the
importance of always making sure their children are safe and secure and in the correct child passenger
safety seats. “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” Train Tour rolls into Albuquerque June 5-7 to promote the
November release of Disney’s 3D motion picture event.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes are the
leading cause of death for children age 3-6, partly because three out of four child passenger seats are
not being used correctly. Crashes are also the leading cause of death for children ages 8-15.
That’s why the NMDOT along with SAFER New Mexico Now is urging all parents and caregivers to make
sure their children are always in a properly-installed child passenger safety seat that is appropriate for
their age and size.
As part of on-going highway safety efforts with Disney and NHTSA, the NMDOT will have certified safety
technicians on-site throughout the free event on Friday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be available
to make appointments for child safety fitting stations.
Free fitting stations are held in northeast Albuquerque on the second and fourth Fridays of each month
and in southwest Albuquerque on the third Thursday of each month from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Appointments are required and may be made by calling 856-6143.
“We are pleased to be working with Disney and have the opportunity to potentially save hundreds of lives
of children,” said Transportation Secretary Girón. “Parents can stop by the SAFER New Mexico Now
booth and talk to trained technicians who can help them determine the appropriate type of seat for their
When used correctly, child safety seats appear to be at least 60 percent effective in preventing fatalities.
For more information contact: Veronica Valencia, 699-3864