The findings, reported by AAP, revealed 13 children have died in residential driveways in the past 11 years. Ten of those were hit by either a four-wheel drive, four-wheel drive ute or a truck.
Nine of the 13 children were aged between one and three years old, and seven of the 13 deaths occurred between 5pm and 8pm, generally when people are returning home from work. Four more happened between 7am and 10am, another period when people are often busy and distracted.
Last month, the Coroners Prevention Unit, Victoria Police and other interest groups banded together to create a set of safety tips for motorists around driveways:
- Always supervise your children whenever a car is being moved – hold their hands or keep them close
- If you are the only adult at home, safely restrain children in the vehicle while you move it
- Discourage children from using the driveway as a play area and make access to the driveway from the house difficult for a child by using doors, gates and fences with childproof locks
- Install a reversing camera or sensor to assist with detection of children or objects behind the car
- Most importantly, be aware of where your children are and who is supervising them.
Three children have died in driveway accidents in Victoria since December. According to Kidsafe Victoria, on average, one child is killed on a driveway every month in Australia, usually with a parent or family friend at the wheel.
Kidsafe is campaigning to have reversing sensors fitted standard to all new vehicles.
Read our editor's column Driveways, Children and Poor Rear Vision: A Deadly Modern Cocktail