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Rearview camera could save your child's lives

Taniesja Clark has two boys, ages two and four. After hearing about what happened to 3-year-old Taylor Johnson on Wednesday, she says the thought of backing over one of her own young boys is unimaginable.

"I just keep an eye on them before we get in the car.  I just make sure they are buckled in," said Clark. 

Details on what led to 3-year-old Taylor Johnson being run over by her grandmother have not been released.  Police reports say the child suffered injuries to her upper torso and a serious head and brain injury.

She was transported to Egleston's Children's Hospital in Atlanta.

Major Julius Graham with Columbus Police Department says drivers should always be alert and check the area before backing out. "They need to check around the vehicle to make sure no small children or adults may be in danger prior to them operating that vehicle." 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 228 people are killed every year in back over accidents. New model cars have rear cameras that are only activated when the driver shifts the car into reverse, so that the driver can see behind them. But police say there is no substitute for the driver getting out of the car for a visual inspection. 

"Nothing beats looking behind that vehicle, or in front of that vehicle, checking around the vehicle, and having a visual of any obstructions or of any individual that may be in the path of where that vehicle is traveling," Major Graham said. 

The NHTSA says the cameras should save 95 to 112 lives every year and prevent almost 10,000 injuries. Several parent groups are pushing to have them mandatory in all new model vehicles.

Clark, however, doesn't agree. "I don't think that will help as far as hitting a child is concerned. Because if you are backing up, and a child runs right behind you and into that camera, it's going to be too late," Clark said.  

If you don't have a rearview camera, you can buy and install one in any car.

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