For Immediate Release: July 22, 2010

Contacts: Kristin Milam or Kerry Hall: 919-807-6011

Prevent "Backover" and "Frontover" Accidents

Commissioner Goodwin and Safe Kids NC remind drivers that a five-second check can save a child's life.

RALEIGH -- After hearing reports that a 15-month-old Wayne County child was critically injured yesterday when her father was moving his vehicle, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, chair of Safe Kids North Carolina, is reminding all drivers to help prevent these kinds of tragedies.

Parents and caregivers should always be aware of the risk of "backover" or "frontover" incidents when children are near vehicles or in driveways and parking lots. Sadly, the drivers in these incidents are often family members or friends of the injured child.

"From the driver's seat, it can be difficult or impossible to see a child in front of or behind your vehicle," Goodwin said. "A five-second walk around the car before you get in could prevent serious injuries or save a child's life."

Safe Kids urges everyone to take these simple precautions: