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Dennis Cooley, MD
Five-Second Walk Could Save A Child's Life
Backover injuries an increasing problem for children
Almost 2,500 children per year ages 1-14 reported to emergency rooms with non-fatal motor vehicle backover injuries in the United States from 2001-2003. Lack of visibility behind vehicles is responsible for an increasing number of fatalities. For the 5-year period of 1997-2001, at least 138 children were killed because they were backed over. In the most recent five-year period, 2002-2006, at least 474 were killed in backovers – a 243 percent increase.
“Ten percent of deaths to children involving motor vehicles don’t happen on public roads,” says Jan Stegelman, Safe Kids Kansas Coordinator. “Many of these preventable injuries and deaths occur at home, in driveways or parking lots when drivers, many of whom are loving family members, fail to see children near their vehicles. Often, a five-second walk around your car before you get in could save a child’s life.”
Safe Kids Kansas offers these additional tips to help keep children safer around cars.
Safe Kids events held around the state this summer will include “Spot the Tot,” a new program to combat injuries caused around vehicles each year. As part of “Spot the Tot,” parents and drivers will participate in activities to show some of the dangers children face in driveways and parking lots. Additional activities will educate parents and drivers on other non-traffic related risks, including children being left alone in cars and trunk entrapment.
For more information about motor vehicle back over injuries, visit www.KidsAndCars.org.
Safe Kids Kansas, Inc. is a nonprofit Coalition of 67 statewide organizations and businesses dedicated to preventing accidental injuries to Kansas children ages 0-14. Local coalitions and chapters are located in Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Clay, Coffey, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Franklin, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Mitchell, Montgomery, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Republic, Rice, Riley, Saline, Smith, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Wilson and Woodson Counties, as well as the cities of Chanute, Emporia, Leavenworth, Norton, Pittsburg, the Wichita Area and the Metro Kansas City Area. Safe Kids Kansas a member of Safe Kids Worldwide , a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury. The lead agency for Safe Kids Kansas is the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. For more information visit www.safekidskansas.org.