Driveway run-overs can happen in autumn, too
Parents of toddlers and young children are being reminded to be vigilant around driveways during the shorter days and longer nights.
Safekids Aotearoa says an average of four to five children are killed every year by being run over by a vehicle driving on a private driveway in New Zealand.
Every two weeks a child is hospitalised after suffering serious injuries in the same way.
A 23-month-old boy was killed by a reversing car in Auckland last week.
‘‘While driveway run-overs occur more frequently during spring and summer, it can also easily happen during autumn and winter when it gets dark earlier,’’ Safekids Aotearoa director Ann Weaver says.
Children aged between 1 and 3 years old are most at risk from being run over in private driveways.
Parents and close relatives are most often at the wheel.
‘‘Often the injuries children sustain from run-overs are so severe that they die on the scene,’’ Weaver says.
‘‘For children who do survive, they often have permanent disability or long-term injuries.
Safekids Aotearoa has identified some of the common factors that can make a driveway dangerous for children.
‘‘Driveway run-overs can be prevented if parents can identify a risky driveway and follow the safety messages.’’
Be vigilant: An average of four to five children are killed every year after being run over by a vehicle driving on a private driveway in New Zealand.