Infant cheats death
AN 18-month-old toddler was hit by a car in the family’s driveway and has miraculously walked away relatively unscathed.
The incident happened in Charters Towers at 8.30am as motorists were on their way to work.
The child was taken to Charters Towers Hospital as a precaution but showed no obvious injuries.
The accident has sparked a police warning for parents to ensure they know where their children are before reversing.
In Queensland, two children are run over every week in the driveway of their home, according to Kidsafe QLD. Four of these children are killed and this type of injury is the second leading cause of infant death behind drowning.
The School of Population Health at the University of Queensland is conducting a descriptive analytical study of trends in deaths associated with Low Speed Vehicle Run Overs to identify recommendations for their prevention.
The Royal Children’s Hos- pital Burns and Trauma Res e a r c h G r o u p i s c o - ordinating the 10-year retrospective review of fatal and non-fatal run overs in the 0 - 1 5 y e a r a g e g r o u p i n Queensland.
Nurse researcher Bronwyn Griffin said most of these accidents happened in the 1-2 year age group and with mum or dad driving.
She said it was hoped their research would lead to legislation to improve the statistics.
‘ ‘ There are t hree main things that need to be done before reversing out of a driveway,’’ she said.
‘ ‘ N u mb e r o n e , a l w a y s supervise children and when moving the car make sure kids are either in it or that you are holding them.
‘‘ Two, separate the driveway from the play area with a fence and self-closing gate, similar to a swimming pool.
‘‘ Number three is see . . . make sure you walk a couple of laps around the car before moving it.’’
Ms Griffin said the small stature of toddlers made them more susceptible to these types of low-speed accidents but also caused more severe injuries.
Ms Griffin’s research has run 18 months and has six months before findings are taken to parliament.