Monthly Archives: June 2014

Safety Around Vehicles

 

It’s time for Safe Kids Oregon to remind everyone about preventing injuries to children around cars.

 

Many vehicles now have back up cameras to increase visibility.  However, back up cameras are not required equipment.  The U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a new safety regulation in 2010 to help eliminate blind zones behind vehicles that can hide the presence of pedestrians, especially young children and the elderly.  These regulations have still not been adopted.   That is one reason why this message is important.

 

This photo from KidsAndCars.org illustrates additional reasons why this is important.  It shows what the driver sees and what the driver does not see.

 KidsAndCars-Graphic-of-children-in-blind-zones

Spot the Tot is a Safe Kids activity helping illustrate the need for safety around vehicles. It helps drivers realize how dificult it is to see children outside of their vehicle.

Spot the Tot zoo         Spot the Tot zoo 2       Union Co Spot the Tot 2

Safe Kids Portland Metro at the Oregon Zoo         Safe Kids Northeast Oregon

SKCG 1   SKCG 2

Safe Kids Columbia Gorge

 

Important facts to remember:

  • Sport utility vehicles and trucks are involved in more backover incidents than cars.
  • Drivers in backover and frontover deaths are often family members or friends of the injured child.
  • Before getting in a vehicle, all drivers, even those without children of their own, should walk all the way around their parked vehicles to check for children, or anything that could attract a child, such as a pet or toy.

 Safe Kids Oregon encourages you to:

  • Check your car and driveway for kids
  • Limit play in the driveway
  • Lend a hand to younger kids

 

Click here for Driveway Safety Tips

 

 

Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States.  Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury.  Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is led by Oregon Public Health.  Click here for information on other Injury Areas

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