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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 6, 2004

MEDIA ADVISORY: Iowa Child Passenger Safety News Conference

WHAT: The University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center and the Iowa Department of Public Safety will hold a joint press conference to present the results of the 2003 Iowa Child Passenger Restraint Survey and highlight a statewide grassroots effort to update Iowa's child passenger safety laws. Both nationally and in Iowa, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths among children ages 14 and under. In Iowa, approximately 40 children each year are killed in motor vehicle crashes, one every nine days.

WHEN: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004

WHERE: Room 1117, Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility, (MERF) on the University of Iowa health sciences campus. Directions: From the Newton Road Parking Ramp, cross Newton Road and enter MERF through the northwest door. Go up the stairs. Room 1117 is on the main floor.

WHO: Participants will include John Lundell, deputy director of the UI Injury Prevention Research Center; Kevin W. Techau, Iowa's commissioner of public safety; Kathy Leggett, coordinator of the Iowa SAFE KIDS Coalition; state Rep. Vicki Lensing; representatives of local law enforcement and health care professionals.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Crash-test video footage illustrating how children are injured in crashes will be available.

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4261 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Dan McMillan, 319-335-6835, daniel-mcmillan@uiowa.edu; James J. Saunders, Iowa Department of Public Safety, 515-281-5615, dpsinfo@dps.state.ia.us