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Taking on deadly driveways

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson has joined his fellow senators in pushing legislation to make driveways safer for toddlers.

The bill, filed by Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. and John Sununu, R-N.H., would provide drivers with a means of detecting when a child is behind a vehicle. It would also require that a car's service brake engage to prevent roll-aways.

Nelson, who has signed on as a co-sponsor, says the bill has the support of major child-safey and consumer groups. Nelson's office said estimates suggest that 50 children a week are backed over, often in their own driveways.

The Senate Commerce Committee, on which Nelson serves, will hold a hearing Wednesday in hopes of passing legislation to direct federal agencies to create child-safety programs. Among those expected to attend is Arden Rosenfeld, a Boca Raton woman whose 2-year-old, Veronica, was run over by a neighbor who didn't see the girl.

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