15 May 2011

Call to protect children from driveway accidents

12:31 pm on 15 May 2011

A Health Quality and Safety Commission committee says greater effort is needed to protect children from the the risks of slow-moving vehicles, especially in driveways.

The commission's child and youth mortality review committee says about five children die each year from being run over by vehicles travelling at slow speeds, usually in residential driveways and driven by someone known to the child. Most of the deaths involve children under six years of age.

For every child killed by a slow-moving vehicle, another 12 are injured and need hospital treatment.