ETA: Also, don't forget that the producers edit what they say as they see fit. My family gave an interview after my cousin died and the end result was that they were pleading for people to be careful for cyclists when they're driving on the road when in reality they acknowledge that it was just an accident and the truck driver couldn't have avoided him. A voiceover and a carefully asked question by the interviewer changed their sentiment entirely for the viewing public.
As I said above, I researched this last year and it's just terrible. I'm often driving in the car and can forget if DS is in the back seat or not (usually I think he's there when he's not). From memory, the basal ganglia takes over when you're doing repetitive tasks and you simply forget you haven't done something like drop your child at daycare. Your brain can insert the memory of having done it another day when you think about it so you think you've done it. In one story I read, the guy's car alarm went off several times during the day and he went to the window of his office and turned it off with the remote. That one stuck with me, I can only imagine the emotional torment.
It can happen to anyone and you are fooling yourself if you think you're immune and it could never happen to you. It's simply how our brains work. What you can do is take steps to try and prevent it. I make a point of always putting my purse/handbag in the back with DS. If I go to the shops, I won't forget that or at the very least I'll need it long before anything might happen to DS.
It would be useful if there was a car seat alarm that would go off if the car was turned off but there was still a child in it. I think someone was working on it or an app or something but it wasn't very good or didn't work 100% or something.
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09-06-2015 11:20 #21
60 minutes tonight - fatal distraction story
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09-06-2015 12:21 #22
Scientific studies have proven this 'fatal distraction' is a very real thing. The human brain is capable of working on autopilot by filling in the blanks where memories are concerned. It's frightening stuff.
Just because you can't imagine doing this yourself, doesn't mean it's not possible.
09-06-2015 12:21 #23Senior Member
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09-06-2015 12:28 #25
It's proven many people do it, what is more sickening to me is that like PP calling police and not breaking in as per your request!? Um ok! The media portrays things in certain ways also. It's a bit like doctor Google. I'm that sleep deprived still I have been putting milk in the cupboard not the fridge 😕
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I hope that we can overlook the inevitable comments that are always thrown around on this tragic topic and focus on the important, potentially life saving points and lessons.
1. This can happen to any of us. Science has proven this. Please don't think you are immune because you are organised or well rested or somehow better.
2. If you're a parent of a young child, put your bag, purse, wallet, phone in the backseat next to your baby or child.
3. Have a txt check in system in place with your partner. Or an alarm on your phone.
Finally, I just want to applaud the courageous hubbers that have shared their stories knowing full well that they will be judged for their honesty.
Let's just try and support each other and find ways to prevent such tragedies from ever occurring again.
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09-06-2015 12:36 #27
I cried and cried watching the 60 Minutes story. It's because of stories like this that I mentally review where my kids are when driving if not with me. I'm in the habit of checking each seat when I exit my car and thinking about where they are. I don't do this because I'm a perfect parent; I do this because I can see so easily how this can happen and I'm not so naive to think it won't happen to me.
I absolutely know it could.
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09-06-2015 12:43 #30
we are all human, and we can all have a lack of concentration.!! there should be no judgements.. I do however believe anyone who leaves their child in a car to go off to play the pokies, they should be judged. marie.
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