Over the past ten years, more than 60 Utah children were killed and more than 500 were injured by accidental back overs. Every six days a Utah child is run over in a driveway or parking lot. Please remember to take a few simple steps before you back up.

Preventing Driving Back Overs

  • Before driving, check the street, driveway and area around your vehicle.
  • Drivers of SUVs and trucks should be extra careful.
  • Children should be taught not to play in, under or around vehicles.
  • Supervise children when a driver is leaving the home.
  • Adjust the driver’s seat as high as needed to see clearly out the rear window.
  • Roll down windows to hear children.
  • Adjust side and rear mirrors to reduce blind spots.

Major Risk Factors

  • Children under five years of age
  • High profile vehicles such as SUV’s, vans and trucks
  • Vehicles traveling in reverse
  • Rushed and distracted driving


View or download our Spot the Tot safety card:

Additional Resources:

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SaferCar.gov

This is a component of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration that provides information and resources to keep you and your children safe on the road. 

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SaferCar.gov Parents Central

There are many dangers in and around your vehicle that could seriously harm or even kill your child. This website identifies common dangers and some tips on how to avoid them. 

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Safe Kids Utah

This non-profit organization strives to make Utah a safer place for children by sharing evidence-based programs such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, which help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries. 

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Utah Department of Health

The Utah Department of Health promotes healthy lifestyles and safe behaviors for Utah's most vulnerable populations.

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Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Consumer Product Safety Commission provides information about risks of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products.

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American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides a multitude of resources for the physical, mental, and social health and well-being for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. 

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Poison Control

Your 24-hour resource for poison information and educational resources.