08 Feb 2013'if you don't know, don't go'
Drivers are being urged to be more vigilant about driveway safety, with an average one child run over in a driveway in Australia each week.
Road Safety Minister Michael O’Brien said all too often drivers forget just how vulnerable small children are around vehicles.
“Young children in particular move surprisingly quickly, have no idea of the danger and their size makes it difficult to see them,” he said.
“What makes these situations all the more difficult is that it’s often a parent, relative or family friend who is in the vehicle which leads to a devastating and lasting impact on the whole family.”
Kidsafe SA today launched a new driveway safety community service announcement featuring radio and television personality Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald and his son Hewie.
Simple safety measures
Safety measures that can be taken to ensure the safety of children include:
“While reversing cameras and other vehicle technologies can help drivers avoid collisions, there can never be a substitute for the close supervision of children when it comes to driveway safety,” Mr O’Brien said.
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>> more information on driveway safety
>> Information for parents and caregivers [PDF]
The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.
The South Australian Government conducted an audit of speed cameras to ensure they are operating for safety purposes and not to raise revenue.
Works to upgrade the intersection of Cross Road, Duthy Street and Harrow Terrace, Kingswood will occur this weekend; Saturday and Sunday, 20 and 21 April.
New traffic lights and more right-hand turn lanes will be added to the junction of Bridge Road and Maxwell Road, in Para Hills, as part of a $7.23 million safety upgrade set to commence on Sunday.