3 Jul 2009

Driveway accident rate seen as appalling

3:30 pm on 3 July 2009

Not enough is being done to reduce the number of accidents involving children run down in driveways, according to paediatrics Professor Spencer Beasley.

A report published in the New Zealand Medical Journal identifies driveway design as a contributing factor to the accidents.

The report examined 93 accidents, including nine fatalities, involving children run down in driveways in Auckland between 2001 - 2005.

Professor Beasley says there's been no improvement since a previous study published in 2002. He describes the accident rate as shameful.

He says serious steps are needed including an education campaign, and measures to change the design of driveways - such as fencing them - so they are not accessible to children.