mission is to reduce the number of injuries and deaths due to
More laws exist in the U.S. that protect animals from being left unattended in a vehicle than exist to protect children from the same dangers.
"It happened in less time than it takes to turn around. Everything changed in an instant."
May 16, 2002
Not Even For a Minute
When a child dies from an incurable disease, people rightly feel a helpless sense of sorrow, and push harder to find a cure so that no other child may die. Finding a cure for such a disease may take millions of dollars, countless hours of research, and many years.
When a child dies as a result of being left unattended in or around an automobile, people call it a freak, tragic accident. Yet each year many children are injured or die from these preventable situations. This year there have been thirteen cases in which young children died as a result of having been backed over by motor vehicles, frequently in close proximity to their own homes.
Defining The Problem
Well-meaning parents and caregivers leave children alone or unattended around motor vehicles every day for a variety of reasons, but primarily because they are unaware of the dangers present in doing so, even for a minute. They simply don't realize that very young children may not be visible to the driver of any motor vehicle.
Caregivers also may not understand that young children cannot comprehend the danger present around a moving vehicle. Children can quickly slip, unnoticed, out of the house and into harm's way. Because they are impulsive, unpredictable, and do not understand boundaries such as property lines, sidewalks, driveways, or streets, they are unable to protect themselves around motor vehicles. Warning noises such as back-up beepers and alarms are ineffective with young children.
What You Can Do Now to Keep Children Safe
What Else Can Be Done
Vehicle design changes
Ideally, all vehicles should include, either through retro-fit or from the manufacturer:
Legislation and Regulation Are Needed
The environment of young children can be made more safe by considering:
Information about the problem should be included in: