Monday, June 27, 2016

One Of The Most Dangerous “Blind Spots” Is Right In Your Driveway!

Every year, thousands of children are killed or seriously injured because a driver backing up didn’t see them. With school out for the summer, kids are everywhere and playing in driveways, cul-de-sacs, sidewalks and even apartment complex parking lots. With it being light outside later, play time is extended well into evening and MCFRS is sending an important reminder to anyone behind the wheel:
photo of child sitting behind car in driveway

  • Make it a habit to walk all the way around your parked vehicle before getting in it to ensure there are no children behind it. Do this every time and do not rely on your mirrors.
  • When possible, park your car so that you can pull forward instead of having to back out.
  • Don’t use driveways as play areas. Instead, identify a safe play area with your child that's far from parked or moving vehicles and supervise at all times.

  • If a child goes missing, immediately check the inside passenger compartments and trunks of all vehicles in the area very carefully, even if they are locked. A child may lock the car doors after entering a vehicle on their own, but may not be able to unlock them.

  • Keep keys, fobs, smartphones and remote openers out of the reach of children.

  • LOCK it! Keeps cars locked at all times, even in garages. This can prevent curious children from getting into a car and then unable to get out or getting locked inside a vehicle. It only takes a few minutes for a parked car to heat up and become deadly. Take a minute and remind neighbors, guests and baby sitters to always lock up.

  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately.

Fact Sheet
·         In the U.S. at least fifty children are being backed over by vehicles EVERY week.
·         The predominant age of victims is one year olds. (12-23 months)
·         Over 60% of backing up incidents involved a larger size vehicle. (truck, van, SUV)
·         Tragically, in over 70% of these incidents, a parent or close relative is behind the wheel.

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