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Preventing tragic backover accidents

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With a cone representing a small child, paramedic Lisa Valadie shows how easy it's not to see a child in blind spots behind and in front of a vehicle. With a cone representing a small child, paramedic Lisa Valadie shows how easy it's not to see a child in blind spots behind and in front of a vehicle.
MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Tragedies similar to the Jackson toddler who was accidentally hit and killed by a moving vehicle in her driveway last week happen far too often weekly across the country.

According to the website kidsandcars.org, children are accidentally backed over in driveways 50 times each week. Those accidents often occur because blind spots are larger than many drivers think. The blind spot behind a vehicle can be up to 50 feet.

With a cone representing a small child, paramedic Lisa Valadie with the Madison Fire Department showed us how easy it's not to see a child in blind spots behind and in front of a vehicle.

"The bigger vehicles are, the more blind spots there are, which is true, it is just with any vehicle there's a blind spot it doesn't matter if it's a small vehicle or a big vehicle there are blind spots that are there," explained Valadie.

To learn more about keeping children safe in and around vehicles, visit kidsandcars.org.

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