Small children are at risk from moving vehicles in low speed 'off road' locations such as driveways, yards and car parks.
On average, seven children are killed each year and 60 seriously injured after being hit or run over by a motor vehicle at home. Very young children are at greatest risk. 90% of children killed and 70% of those seriously injured are under five years of age.
The vehicle is usually only moving slowly and is often being driven by a parent, family member or friend.
We don't think of small children as being in danger in such a familiar and caring environment - but they are.
Even if your car has parking sensors or a video camera fitted, you may not notice a small child until it is too late to stop. And remember, children are run over by vehicles moving forward as well as reversing.
The BITRE report Child pedestrian safety: 'driveway deaths' and 'low-speed vehicle run-overs', Australia, 200110, is available from the BITRE website.
Get your walking shoes on this Friday, 19 May 2017, for National Walk Safely to School Day.
To demonstrate the safety benefits of newer cars, ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) crash tested a 2015 Toyota Corolla with a 1998 Toyota Corolla. The test found that the driver of the older Corolla would likely have died as a result of the 64km/h collision, whereas the driver of the newer Corolla — which has a five-star safety rating — would have sustained minor injuries.
Safety will soon be improved at the Angle Vale Road intersection with Curtis Road and McGee Road at Penfield Gardens.
A total of 52 kilometres of audio tactile linemarking will be installed on various roads in the northern area of South Australia with works commencing Wednesday, 5 April 2017.