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My Take - Blind Zones

Last week, WAFF48 News aired a story about automobile blind zones.  The statistics from this story were eye-opening.  Each week, 50 children are backed over by vehicles in the U.S. and 70 percent of the time, it's a family member behind the wheel.  The federal government has mandated all new cars come equipped with back-up cameras by the year 2014, but some automakers are already well ahead of that deadline.  You can even retro-fit your current car with a backup camera for somewhere around $200, which is a small price to pay considering the safety it would provide.  In the mean time, I urge each of you to take a few extra minutes before backing up in your car.  Walk around the vehicle and make sure you know where all your children are before turning the key.  And above all, don't make the mistake of thinking it's safe to text while driving just because you're in a driveway.  I've placed a link to these and other safety tips in the My Take section of WAFF.com.  I hope you'll take a moment to review them and do what you can to get these statistics down.  I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take.  What's yours?   

www.kidsandcars.org/userfiles/dangers/backovers/backover-safety-tips.pdf  

If you'd like to respond to this editorial email mytake@waff.com.  Please include your name and the name of your town in your response.

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