Over the past couple decades, engineers have been able to dramatically reduce the number of child fatalities in motor vehicle crashes thanks to new technologies. Public safety campaigns and more effective public policies have helped make our roads and highways safer, as well.However, there are still plenty of other threats to children in and around motor vehicles—and many of them exist outside of normal traffic situations. These threats are especially prevalent in driveways and parking lots.In a new study published in the Traffic Injury Prevention journal, researchers pinpointed the frequency of certain types of non-traffic injuries and fatalities to children by developing a unique surveillance system and database. KidsandCars.org, a nonprofit organization devoted to keeping children safe near motor vehicles, maintains the database. Some of the examples of non-traffic accidents identified in the research include back-overs, front-overs and children being left inside automobiles on hot days.The study details the occurrence of these incidents with the assistance of the surveillance system and database. Previous studies were often limited to regional estimates, institutional information or small periods of time. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has produced summaries of non-traffic incidents that include child-specific data. This recent study is the first of its kind to include all types of non-traffic vehicular dangers to children without the limitations of the past.