An Iowa mother is on a mission to save lives and she is taking her message to Washington D.C. this week.
Karen Pauly was backing out of her driveway and didn’t see her 19 month old son, Jack run out behind her. She hit and killed him.
Since his death, Pauly has dedicated her life to making a change.
On Thursday, she will address Congress to push for back up cameras in all vehicles.
A similar bill was signed into law by President Bush in 2008. The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act stated that a rear visibility standard was to be issued by February of 2011, but four delays and two years later, the regulation has yet to be issued.
Pauly is hopeful that her speech will give lawmakers the push they need to move forward with the legislation.
“From the very beginning I ask them to picture their son, daughter, grandchild or whoever in their life when they listen to me talk about the things that I saw that day when I saw him lying there,” she explains.
It means reliving a horrible day for Karen but she thinks a blunt and forward approach is the only way to get the change she is hoping for.
Each year about 300 children in the United States die from their injuries after being backed over by a vehicle.
Thanks to our sister station WQAD for this story.