We need less government in our lives. Even if that means people die.
It is obviously unpopular to take a stance where we try to save five children a year from being run over by their own parents in their own driveway, but this is another example of National being Green/Labour Lite
Tackling the horrific toll of children maimed or killed in driveways lies behind a $30 million investment in state house safety.
The money will be spent in the next four years, averaging about $2500 a house, to secure the driveways of all state homes inhabited by families with young children.
Housing Minister Nick Smith visited one of the first homes to be completed in a Porirua cul-de-sac yesterday. Its driveway is now secured with strong wooden fences and a child-proof gate.
Five children a year die after being run over in driveways: New Zealand’s record is the worst in the developed world.
The greatest risk is to toddlers.
“We know a child is seriously injured every two weeks,” Dr Smith said.
“We know a child loses their life once every 10 weeks and we know there’s a disproportionate number in state homes.”
You may think it callous of me to go “so what?”, but the question is valid: Why are parents not killing their kids by parking their car on them in the better-to-do suburbs of this country? Read more »