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Old 07-23-2011, 08:27 AM   #1
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Another tragedy

The Syracuse Post Standard is reporting via their web Syracuse NY Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather - syracuse.com site that a 1-year-old girl is dead from severe head injuries she suffered after walking behind a vehicle backing out of a campsite at the Adirondack Gateway Campground in Herkimer County.
There are times when we can’t avoid backing up, if you must use a spotter
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So sad. I always use a spotter with a walkie talkie. Even at when just backing the truck, I make sure that the kids and dogs are out of the way. It is had to be too cautious.

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It seems that I recall a recent thread where someone wanted to disable a reverse beeper on his MH. I wonder why this tragedy bring that to mind??

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I would wager that more people get sick/die from the air we inhale over water we drink.

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Agree re the ground guide when backing. However, a one year old?? Where were the parents??
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Truly sad story. I agree re: the spotter with a walkie-talkie.

My wife's Lexus has parking sensors mounted in the bumpers, that can detect someone walking near the vehicle. Wish they had similar systems for an RV.

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Truly sad story. I agree re: the spotter with a walkie-talkie.

My wife's Lexus has parking sensors mounted in the bumpers, that can detect someone walking near the vehicle. Wish they had similar systems for an RV.

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Tragic. I'm sorry for the parents loss and for the driver of the RV.
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I think like CAT320, where were the parents? I've been contemplating a wireless backup camera for a while. This is another plus column point to buying one.
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Yes, a very tragic accident. But for clarification, the vehicle involved was a 2008 Dodge Caravan...not a RV. Bob
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Agree re the ground guide when backing. However, a one year old?? Where were the parents??
If you do a lot of camping, you will see a lot parents just let their kids run unsupervised in a campground.
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I use a back up camera and a spotter.

Here at work we are required when backing any vehicle other than pick up truck to use a spotter, took that safety tip home with me. We are also required to do a 360 degree inspection before moving a vehicle in any direction. I think most RVers are good at the 360 if for no other reason than to make sure we don't drive away with the awning out.

It's sad to think that the simple use of a spotter would have prevented this tragedy.
Just had an incident here of a grandfather packing up his pickup truck to load debris from a recent storm and backed over his 3 year old granddaughter. A simple 360 walk around would have told him she was there.

Because of work it's ingrained in me to perform the 360 before I move any of my vehicles.

I really hope the poster who said more deaths are related to polluted air or water doesn't mean to diminish the seriousness of this tragedy, by saying it's not that prevalent and we don't need to take precautions to prevent it. I suggest if that the child in this story was the only one and the cost to prevent it was the use of a spotter, it was 1 tragedy too many.
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