Another tragic, preventable death of a teen that was backed over while sunbathing in her driveway.

Every week 6 children in the United States are injured from being backed over by a vehicle in a driveway or parking lot.  This is equivalent to one average sized classroom of children every week that are injured from being backed over by a vehicle ranging from toddler-ages to teens.
While 50% of these injuries happen in driveways from vehicles backing-up, children are also injured on sidewalks and in parking lots. Drivers are not aware of the child and often the child is unaware the driver was moving the vehicle.  While most newer vehicles have back up cameras and sensors, while these are helpful, drivers need to take more caution of children around their vehicles and parents be more aware and educate older children and teens. 

TODDLER AGES: For parents and caregivers of toddler aged children, practice "safe" play areas such as lawns, porches or patio (being cautious of multilevel fall risk of course). 

OLDER CHILDREN & TEENS: For parents and caregivers of older children and teens remember that these children often become more focused on their own activity, not their surroundings. Their brains are also not yet developed to understand risk. Nor do they have the experience to understand the dynamics of driving a vehicle (i.e. difficult to see while backing, difficult to see in blind areas, unable to stop quickly, etc.). 

It is for these reasons that Dr. Safety urges drivers to practice the "Tips For Drivers" below and parents and caregivers model in their own behavior and teach their children the "Tips for Older Children and Teens. Remember practice safe behaviors and Watch Before You Back!

Tips For Drivers

  • Walk around the   back of  your parked vehicle to check for children-or anything that can attract a child like pets or toys -under or behind your vehicle before getting in and starting the engine.
  • When backing, remember your car crosses a sidewalk where children could cross on a bicycle, walking, or running. A simple honking of your horn will alert others you are backing out.

  • After exiting a vehicle, always hold your  child’s hand. If you have other children, have each hold another’s hand.
  • When walking with your children teach children how to recognize when a driver puts a car in reverse (white back-up lights turn on).
  • When going back to your vehicle, look around for children who might be around when backing up.
Tips for Older Children & Teens

SIDEWALKS (walking, running, or riding a bicycle, scooter, skateboard, blades)
  • Be aware of  “blind” driveways and alleys where delivery trucks and cars may be backing up.
  • If you see the white “back-up” lights turn on, on a vehicle, you must STOP!  
  • These light turn on  when a driver makes the car go backward to let people know they are backing-up. Let the car back away, then continue walking.     

  • Be aware of vehicles that back-up by looking for their “white” back-up lights. If you see them turn on, you STOP, back away & let the vehicle backup.
  • Always walk, never run.


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    Dr. Safety
         As an injury and neuroepidmeiologist, Master Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and a father, I have obtained a passion to help educate the public on how to prevent injuries and maintain healthy lifestyles for communities and future generations.  
         Throughout my years of graduate and professional education in public health, neuroscience, public policy and intergovernmental management, from the University of Oxford, England, George Washington University, Washington D.C., and the University of Southern California, I have applied a multidisciplinary approach to educate not only the public as a community benefit but also to develop sustainable public health injury prevention programs to state and local governments, schools, hospitals and organizations to help promote safety and healthy lifestyles.
      I also use a personal approach to educating parents and children by empowering them so they can make healthier and safer choices in life and have a happier life and improve communities.
        I appear as a guest on a regular basis with LaFern Cusack on the ESPN Experience (AM710) and Radio Disney Playground (AM1110).  
        Contact me to discuss any child safety question, speaking engagements, or to request a discuss of a specific injury topic at    


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