this is a nightmare that is hard to imagine -- this poor family and especially
the dad who backed the vehicle. Accidents happen -- somehow after all you can
This family is making the best of a tragedy by supporting this program. What
happened to them could happen to any of us - even a neighbor's child could
wander behind a car. I'm honestly surprised that we don't
have more of this in Utah - while this family was vigilant, too many families
Backing into your parking space may have only marginal value since you are still
backing up with less visibility than driving forward.One tactic I have
used is finding a parking space that you can drive through to the corresponding
parking space on the next aisle of parking and then when you leave you now can
drive forward out of the space without ever having to back up. You may have to
park further out in the parking lot to find two adjacent empty parking spaces
but I need the steps anyway.You will not only be putting fewer lives at
risk but you will be removing yourself from the list of over 500,000 people per
year involved in a backing up accident !
@Laura: I cruise rather slowly through parking lots, but I no longer stop when I
see white reverse lights, only if I see the car actually moving. Why? Many cars
these days switch on the reverse lights when the driver unlocks the car, before
they even get behind the wheel. Thus reverse lights have now become almost
useless as an indicator to other drivers.
@Laura: I second your advice about backing into a space when arriving. This
applies especially when arriving home and all your children are in the car with
you (or at school, or asleep) so you know they're not loose. Then
you're ready to drive away at a time when your children may be running
around loose but you won't have to back up.
The rule for LDS missionaries backing up is tedious, but a great idea for
couples with young children. One missionary is required to stand at an angle
behind the vehicle while the other missionary backs up. It could work in the
same fashion for two parents or two adults with children in the proximity. One
adult watches from behind while the other backs the vehicle.
One more suggestion: Back into your driveway and back into your parking space.
You can get a full view of the area before you put the car into reverse. It
takes no more time and no more effort than it takes to back out later. Backing out of an angled parking spot in a busy supermarket lot is a
formula for a disaster. No matter how well you scout out the area before you
start backing out, oblivious people can (and do) cruise those lots at full speed
without even looking for those white back up lights.
Typical journalism math: "As a result, Strong noted, nearly 600
children in the U.S. died in the last five years due to backover injuries."In Utah, a backover injury happens once every seven days," she
said."At one injury per week we have 52 per year and 260 in the
last 5 years. Utah has nearly 1% of US population so we would estimate over
26,000 injuries in the nation over 5 years, which means about 1 in 40 back over
accidents were lethal. I don't believe it. --AGF
I'm deeply sorry for their loss. I'm proud of the way they're
making a difference!!!My sincere condolences to this beautiful
family💘Irma, San Antonio, TX⚘
Tragic. I personally know of two instances of backing over a child (not mine).
One survived and one did not make it. Because of this I walk around my vehicle
before I back up to make sure no one is behind it... and that there are no
bikes, trikes, or toys there either.
Love the name: Spot the tot.An array of infrared sensors strategically
placed at the rear of the car could also "Spot the Tot" and pets.One backover injury every seven days is way too much. Use the same
technology they use on burglar alarms to detect motion or heat and we could
knock those accidents way down. Tie it into the vehicles computer and force the
driver to override an alarm and we might be onto something.
I will never, ever, criticize a family that loses a child in a tragic accident
such as this one. There are so many things that could happen....I applaud their
efforts to raise awareness.
12 years ago, I almost backed up my van over my three-year old daughter.
Luckily I saw her in the mirror just before I put the car in gear.I
still have nightmares about it, even though nothing happened. I can't
imagine what they would be like if I had hurt or killed her.Poor