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Look and look again in driveways — cars are big; kids are small

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Women looking behind while backing up car

The stories are heartbreaking. A family member pulls into or out of a driveway and hits a young child.

It happened in Boynton Beach when an uncle hit his 14-month-old nephew in a driveway while backing out.

In recent years, more than 1,150 children have died after cars backed over them in driveways. Almost all of the children were younger than 5 years old, and in many cases, the driver was a family member.

TIPS TO PREVENT YOUR CHILD FROM BECOMING A STATISTIC:

  • Make sure an adult monitors children outside when you leave. Don’t allow children to play in parking lots unattended.
  • Move away anything in the driveway that might attract a child’s attention such as a bicycle or toy.
  • Accompany little children when they get in and out of vehicles.
  • Before you drive away, check around your car to make sure no children are around.
  • Back up slowly and roll down your windows so you can hear what children might be doing outside your vehicle.
  • Hold your young child’s hand when walking in a parking lot or by driveways. Make sure to teach older children to be aware of driveways and cars backing up.
SOURCE:
Safe Kids Worldwide

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    Safety Council of Palm Beach County

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