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Keeping your children safe from being run over in the driveway.
Tragically, children are sometime run over in the driveway of their home. Children aged 1 – 3 years are most at risk.
Death usually happens at the scene, and children that do survive often have severe permanent disabilities.
Driveway run overs are more likely to occur at busy times, when people are going to work, heading out to do the shopping or catching up with family and friends.
Most often the driver involved is the father, mother, another family member, a friend or a neighbour.
- Count the kids and make sure they’re belted in or in a safe place with an adult
- Understand your blind zones – run overs happen driving forward and reversing
- Keep cars locked – don’t let children use cars and driveways as play areas
- Separate children from driving areas
- Install childproof gates at doors and exits leading to driveways
- Infants and toddlers need safe, fenced play spaces
- Park on the road when visiting
- Active supervision by an adult
- Late afternoon and early evening are the most risky times
Signs of a risky driveway
- A long driveway
- A driveway shared with other properties
- A driveway in a quiet road or cul-de-sac
- The driveway also provides pedestrian access to house
- The driveway leads to parking – cars need to be moved around to make room or allow vehicles to leave
- No physical barrier (i.e. fence) between driveway and outdoor play area