Safe Kids Cub Scout Event Held at Joe Bowman Auto Plaza

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- Hundreds of kids die in car crashes each year, and many of those deaths are preventable.

Clifton Payne and his family travel a lot.

"We've been to Florida, Cape Cod, Hilton Head Island, California once," said Clifton Payne.

They've gotten pretty close to being in accidents.

"When that car saw mom going, they ran into a tree and the windshield flew off, their car was all torn up into pieces and ours was just like perfect," said Gunner Payne.

Situations like that are what brought the Paynes to the Joe Bowman Auto Plaza in Harrisonburg for the Safe Kids Cub Scout event.

The adults and kids here learned everything from how to escape being trapped in a truck to how to properly put on a seat belt. Also, everything from why it's important to look out for blind spots and not to leave a kids in a hot car.

"Over seven people have died this year from heat exhaustion, from accidentally being left in the car, or, from playing hide and seek and getting trapped," said Ariel Rodriguez, who ran the car safety course at the event.

Rodriguez said that what she teaches may sound simple, but it's stuff a lot of people actually don't know.

"Last month, I think I did around 120 car seats, and of those, only five were installed correctly," said Rodriguez.

She also adds, "automobile accidents are the number one injury related death for children."

"I'm hoping my son takes away safety and realizes to wear a seat belt especially as he gets older and one day he'll be driving so hopefully he'll be alright," said Clifton Payne.

This is the fourth year the event was held at the Joe Bowman Auto Plaza. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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