JOPLIN, MO.--- Hundreds of people are killed every year in back-over crashes. Back-over crashes happen when drivers reverse into unseen objects or even worse, a child. The government passed legislation in 2008 to help make cars safer with rear reversal cameras. According to recent lawsuits filed by child safety groups, the new laws have yet to be enforced. Local child advocates say in the meantime, parents need to be proactive.
"Everyone does not have a camera in their car, so this is why we want to remind parents if you'll simply just walk behind your car, it can prevent many children from being injured from back-overs," said Jo Sitton, Assistant Safe Kids Alliance Director.
Safe Kids Alliance in Joplin has created the "Spot Your Tot" initiative. It's designed to educate parents on what they can do to protect their children around cars.
"Spot Your Tot is an initiative to teach parents to walk behind their vehicle so they can spot a child or anything behind their car to prevent back-overs for children," said Sitton.
According to Assistant Director Jo Sitton, in most cars you cannot see up to 16 feet behind your car when looking in the rear view mirror. Safe Kids Alliance is simply hoping parents take the necessary precautions. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration estimates more than 200 people are killed and 18,000 injured every year in back-over crashes.
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