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DAYTON, Ohio (Mike Kallmeyer) -- Automakers are adding something to many cars, trucks and SUV's that could save a child's life.
   
Some new models now come equipped with a camera in the back or a backup sensor.  In the next couple of years, every new car will have included them.  Shannon Campbell with KidsAndCars.org said what's happening will save lives, backup cameras required on cars.  The organization has led the charge for more than a decade.

Campbell said, "And then it's going to be another four years before its mandatory vehicles. That is a very long time."

But it is a huge step to the end goal.  Phase-in starts in 2016 and all cars, SUV's, trucks and vans will be equipped by 2018.  In the meantime the goal is to prevent more deaths and that means getting the word out to parents.

Parents like Sharron Dimario of Mount Washington who lost a child.

Dimario said, "After the incident you're just kind of shell shocked and you don't know what to do."

What she did was talk about Gino, her son, "In an instant everything changes for you."

Gino was with family members in a parking lot when he somehow ended up behind the minivan.  The family member didn't see him.  Dimario and her husband, Michael, were told to go to the hospital.

"As soon as the chaplain walked in I knew this wasn't good news," Dimario said.

They lost Gino.  Too many parents that have lost their children that way there were many who thought it couldn't happen to them.  But this kind of tragic accident can happen to anybody.  For Shannon who lives in Colerain, it's personal.  A few years ago on Easter Sunday her son Drew slipped out of the house to follow his dad.

Campbell said, "During the process of him moving his truck," tragedy struck and life changed in an instant.  They lost Drew.

"And I feel like me advocating for other children to protect them has really helped me through a lot of my pain," Campbell said.

What also helped, unexpectedly, was two weeks later Campbell found out she was pregnant.  She has had three children since.

If your car doesn't have a backup camera, it's relatively cheap to get one at most electronic stores.  Systems range in price from $100 to $200 and only in the $50 range if your car already has a screen. You can put it in yourself or pay about $100 for installation.

Let us know what you think about the requirement to have cameras on all vehicles by 2016 on the Local 12 Facebook Page.

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