January 21, 2016 6:37 pm
Updated: January 21, 2016 6:54 pm

Caught on camera: Officer spots toddler wandering on dark road

WATCH ABOVE: Police in Newport, Oregon have released dash camera video that shows a toddler wandering alone on a dark road. The video was released to send a message about distracted driving.


We’ve all seen them — public service announcements using actors to convey the message that distracted driving can lead to fatal results.

Police in Newport, Oregon have gone one step further releasing some powerful real life video in hopes of deterring people from becoming distracted while behind the wheel.

One video is from the dash camera of Deputy Jeremy Gautney’s vehicle from Jan. 9. The video shows Gautney driving down a road at night and in the distance a very small boy can be seen running towards the police car’s headlights.

Deputy Gautney is able to spot the small boy in the dark, stopping his vehicle and getting him to safety. Had he taken his eyes off the road, the small boy could’ve been easily missed.

It’s reported by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in Newport that the toddler had slipped out an open door at a community centre where his family was attending an event.

The video was released “for educational purposes” according to the sheriff’s department.

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