Annually, more than 1,000 children under the age of 14 are injured in traffic crashes in Monterrey, Mexico. In this city, only 30 percent of children have access to a baby seat while traveling in a vehicle, and the same percentage wear a seat belt, endangering many lives.
The Transformando el Transporte Público (“Transforming Public Transport”) project submitted by Adriana Lobo of the Center for Sustainable Transport in Mexico (CTS-México) proposes safer conditions for the children of Mexico and a better quality of life through protected safety seats. The project is now among the 10 finalists of the Iniciativa México (“Mexico Initiative”), an online voting competition to transform Mexico.
At this time, Lobo and Nora Manzano, the leader of Casas de Cuidado Diario (“Day Care Homes”), are visiting Monterrey. In less than two days, they have been rallying for the participation of citizens from civil society, nonprofit organizations, academia, private enterprises and public transportation services in order to improve the quality of life of thousands of children in Monterrey, as well as in the rest of the country, through a joint project called Camión de Valores (“Transporting Values.”)
Support the project this Sunday, October 16 from 10:30 p.m. to 11:29 p.m. There are two ways you can do this:
- Send a text from your cellphone to the number 61111 with the word “Monterrey”
- Vote online: http://www.iniciativamexico.org/
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