MINOT— Safe Kids Minot Coordinator Amber Emerson is being honored by North Dakota’s Vision Zero program for efforts to promote traffic safety.
Emerson has been selected to receive the 2023 Child Passenger Safety Award, which recognizes persons who demonstrate a commitment to child passenger safety through participation in car seat check-up events and public education. She’s slated to receive the award at a luncheon May 16 during the Vision Zero Partner Conference in Bismarck. Vision Zero is a statewide, multi-agency initiative launched in 2018 to work toward zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roadways.
Emerson says Safe Kids Minot has partnered with the Minot Fire Department and First District Health Unit to provide free car seat checks twice a month for the past three years. The only pause was to observe safety measures during the pandemic. She says a new initiative will soon expand the outreach of Safe Kids Minot even further.
“In 2023, Safe Kids Minot and Trinity Health signed a partnership with the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services to provide rural car seat checks to seven counties,” Emerson said. “We’re excited to continue and expand our great work for child passenger safety.”
Counties slated to benefit from the car seat initiative are Burke, Bottineau, Renville, McHenry, Sheridan, rural Ward and McLean.
Safe Kids Minot, an affiliate of Safe Kids Worldwide, is part of a coalition of local groups committed to helping families and communities keep kids safe from injury. Trinity Health is the lead agency for Safe Kids Minot.