Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Keep Kids Away from Driveways

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Keep Kids Away from Driveways

Article excerpt

WOMEN Friendly Services founder Kellie Briggs has been moved by the recent tragedies reported in the media to create a fact sheet on Keeping Kids Safe in the Driveway.

Tragically in Australia one child is run over in their own driveway every week. Usually the victim is a toddler aged between oneatwo years old (but any child under the age of six is a danger) and hit at slow speed by a vehicle driven by a parent. A slow moving vehicle can trap a child and cause fatal crush injuries. In many cases of those children who do survive many are left with very severe long-term injuries.

In 85% of cases the driver did not know that a child was close to the vehicle, thinking that they were being cared for by someone else. The danger times with the most accidents appear to occur in the morning between 8a10am as well as late afternoon between 4a6pm.

aThese timeframes tend to coincide with when we as parents are at our busiest a the morning rush to drop off kids at school, day care, head to work or say goodbye to someone heading to work, and the afternoon rush when we are at our most tired and possibly less vigilant,a Kellie Briggs said.

Just days ago Victorian Coroner John Olle handed down his finding into three toddler driveway deaths that occurred early last year, stating that he adid not lay blame on the parentsa, while Kidsafe Victoria president reported that it was a tragedy that was a100% avoidablea.

How do we keep our kids safe in the driveway?

Children are very unpredictable, as well as naturally inquisitive and they are fast on their feet. It doesnat take them long to get in the path of a moving vehicle when you thought they were standing beside you. Also cars can have very large blind spots a some up to 15m behind them, so it becomes very difficult to see a child sitting or playing on the driveway.

Most child safety bodies such as the Kidsafe Organisation advocate three simple steps to preventing a driveway accident. …

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