Action News demonstrates how cars block view of children behind you
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- It's a tragic accident our health district is taking action to prevent- drivers not seeing children behind their cars and backing over them.
With summer right around the corner drawing more kids outside, officials are urging you to be aware.
“Injuring or killing a child with a vehicle is a tragedy we just don't want any family to have to deal with," said Kathleen Clary-Cooke, Coordinator for Safe Kids Benton-Franklin.
Local safety experts are pushing out a message to everyone who gets behind a wheel: Check around your parked car before you drive.
“No matter what vehicle you drive, there are blind spots directly in front and behind the vehicle," said Clary-Cooke.
Action News tested out those blind spots with an experiment.
Action News parked an SUV in a safe area, rolled out a measuring mat and put a doll 20 feet behind the car.
When sitting in the driver’s seat though, you couldn’t see the doll.
This shows the dangerous reality of how a car can easily block the view of a child behind you.
But with just a little extra precaution, you could prevent this tragedy.
“Kids are quick. They're impulsive. So it's very important to have appropriate adult supervision. If you're in a parking lot or someone is pulling in, make sure you're holding their hand and holding it tightly because if a child sees something, they will dart out," said Clary-Cooke.
Officials say to pick up any toys off the driveway that could attract children and teach your little ones you love to not play near cars.
“Make sure that your child or neighbor’s child hasn't decided to run behind the vehicle, stop and play or chase a pet. These tragedies happen in an instant and just taking those few extra seconds to check in front or bending your vehicle can save a life," said Clary-Cooke.
Our health district reports over the last couple years, drivers accidentally killed three local children by hitting them with cars. Officials tell Action News all cars will require back up cameras in May of next year.