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Media Advisory

For Release: February 7, 2001
Contact: Dick Gunn
271-5601

Oklahoma SAFE KIDS Coalition to Unveil Oklahoma’s Child Occupant Protection Law Report Card

State’s Rating is Part of a National Initiative Aimed at Closing Gaps in the Country’s Child Restraint Laws

WHAT: The Oklahoma SAFE KIDS Coalition will hold a press conference to announce how Oklahoma’s child protection law rated in an in-depth, state-by-state analysis. In the most comprehensive review to date, the National SAFE KIDS Campaign graded all 50 states and the District of Columbia on how well their laws protect children in motor vehicles.
WHO:
(Speakers)

Terry Stull, M.D., Children’s Hospital Physicians

Martha Collar, Oklahoma SAFE KIDS Coalition

Edd Rhoades, MD, MPH, Interim Deputy Commissioner for Personal Health Services, Oklahoma State Department of Health

Parents of child victims/survivors

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001
2 p.m.
WHERE: Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma
Vera Alder Room (1st Floor, Nicholson Tower)
WHY:

Parents often look to their state’s child restraint laws for guidance on the proper way to secure their children, but many states don’t go far enough to protect young passengers, and as a result, some children are left unprotected and at risk for serious injury. Motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under, claiming nearly 1,800 lives annually.

The press conference is in observance of National Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs from Feb. 11-17, 2001.

The Oklahoma SAFE KIDS Coalition is part of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, the first and only national organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury -- the number one killer of children ages 14 and under. Three hundred state and local SAFE KIDS coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico comprise the Campaign.  Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D., is chairman of the Campaign.

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