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Driveway Safety- Winter Haven Police Shares Driveway Safety Reminders

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If you are in a rush, you could endanger a child. When backing out of a driveway (or parking spot), take a moment to ensure there is nobody in a blind spot. Injuries and even deaths occur when a child is behind the vehicle unbeknownst to the driver.

Driveway Safety

  • Teach children to never play in, on, around, or under vehicles. Keep toys or bicycles off the driveway.
  • Designate safe play areas for your children that are off the driveway and away from vehicles.
  • If children play in the driveway, have an adult supervise at all times.
  • Keep vehicles in driveways or garages locked and store keys out of children’s reach to avoid children getting in a vehicle and turning it on or moving it on accident.
  • When backing out of the driveway or parked spot:
    • Walk around your vehicle to check for children playing and make sure all children are safe and accounted for.
    • Turn off your radio to better hear your surroundings. Roll down windows to listen for children or pedestrians.
    • Know your vehicle’s blind spots and look again before backing. Check your rearview and side mirrors.
    • Keep your foot on the brake until you completely shift into reverse. Look directly through the rear window and back out slowly.
    • Look both ways especially over a sidewalk or other area where children or pedestrians are present like school zones and residential areas.
  • Florida law states that the driver of a vehicle shall not back up unless such movement can be made with safety and without interfering with other traffic. Take a second look if you have any doubt!
  • Refer to the official Florida Driver License Handbook for more information on car and driveway safety.
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