April 11, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Parents of children killed in backover incidents and safety groups today joined Representatives
(R-NY) at a Capitol Hill press event to urge the Obama Administration to release a rear visibility rule for motor vehicles. With strong bipartisan support Congress required this safety rule in the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act signed into law by President
George W. Bush
in February 2008. The rule is two years overdue and should have been issued by
"It is clear from so many other actions that President Obama has the safety of our children as a top priority. We urge the President to take one simple step today and issue the rear visibility rule. These unacceptable and unnecessary deaths and injuries from backover incidents must stop," said
, president, KidsAndCars.org.
Every week in the U.S. about 50 children are backed over by a vehicle; 48 are treated in emergency rooms and at least two children die. There are approximately 228 fatalities and 17,000 injuries annually in backover incidents. In over 70 percent of these incidents, the person behind the wheel is a parent or close relative.
"This law had the support of the auto industry, the safety community and families. We have inexpensive and effective technological solutions, consumer support, and now we need government action. President Obama was a co-sponsor of the legislation while serving in the Senate and now as our leader he needs to issue the required rule," stated
, president, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
Ponte Vedra, Florida
shared, "People kept asking me after my daughter was backed over and killed and my husband subsequently committed suicide, why I didn't have a nervous breakdown. My response was easy, who would be left for my son? I urge the President to protect other families from these preventable tragedies."
Existing and inexpensive technology can prevent drivers from everyday back-up crashes that cause costly damage, but most importantly, can save the life of a child.