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Click It or Ticket mobilization nets 495 citations, seven arrests

—JOHN PAUL TRUJILLO, SHERIFF, SANDOVAL COUNTY
During the Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization May 22 through June 4, the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office issued 294 seat-belt and child safety-seat citations and 201 miscellaneous citations and made seven arrests, according to Sheriff John Paul Trujillo.

“Although the high-visibility stepped-up enforcement period has ended, motorists need to understand that enforcement of safety-belt and child safety-seat laws are a year-round priority for the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office because correct use of these devices saves countless lives and prevents untold injuries on our state streets and highways. We would also like to continue to remind all pickup truck drivers and passengers that you need to ‘buckle up in your truck.’ Apparently, many people in this jurisdiction still think their trucks are so tough that they don’t need to use seat belts, but they are mistaken,” Sheriff Trujillo said.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations, pickup trucks in fatal crashes roll over twice as often as passenger cars. Being buckled up prevents drivers and passengers from being ejected and keeps them inside the cab, taking advantage of the truck’s tough construction. Wearing safety belts reduces the risk of dying in a rollover crash by up to 80 percent.

For information about safety belts, child safety seats and booster seats in all vehicles, visit www.BuckleUpAmerica.org. To learn more about the value of safety belts in pickups, visit www.BuckleUpInYourTruck.com.


Bernalillo Total Wellness Fair welcomes all ages

—NORA ANAYA, VOLUNTEER, AMERICORP VISTA
Join friends and neighbors and bring your entire family for a day of cultivating health at the Total Wellness Fair in Bernalillo.

The New Mexico Senior Olympics, in conjunction with St. Vincent DePaul’s and sponsored by the Sandoval County Volunteer Program, proudly announces its second annual Total Wellness Fair for self-education towards health.

The health events will include blood-pressure monitoring, sugar testing, facial cleansing, and massage in addition to many other health providers. Sheriff John Paul Trujillo will be on hand to provide information about Project Lifesaver, an Alzheimer's-patient location project. More than thirty booths will display senior-related benefits and programs, and there will be live entertainment, as well as healthy snacks and door prizes.

Registration for the Lyons Eye Screening mobile unit will be taken for future appointments.

The Total Wellness Fair will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Social Center and the OLOS Gym, 313 Camino del Pueblo, in Bernalillo, on Saturday, July 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. These are senior-sponsored events, but all ages are welcome. Admission is free. Come one, come all.

For further information, call 505-306-6186 or 867-0972.


Rio Rancho lines up Fourth of July festivities

The City of Rio Rancho and Big I 107.9 have announced the lineup of entertainment and festivities for this year's Big I Fourth of July celebration taking place at Loma Colorado Park, next to Rio Rancho High School.

Musical entertainment will begin on Tuesday, July 4, at 5:00 p.m. with Rockie Lynne, followed by John Corbett at 6:00 p.m. and Megan Mullins at 7:00 p.m., and concluding with headliner Cross Canadian Ragweed taking the stage at approximately 8:30 p.m. All artists will be available to sign autographs for the public in the Cottonwood Kickball Classic autograph tent. The evening will close with a dazzling fireworks display starting at 10:00 p.m.

In addition to these free festivities, the public will be able enjoy carnival rides and attractions from June 30 through July 4 at Rio Rancho High School. Discount carnival-ride passes can be purchased in advance at all Albuquerque and Rio Rancho Quiznos locations.

On July 4 parking will be available at Rio Rancho High School for a $3 donation to the Rio Rancho Booster Club.

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