Another low socio-economic area driveway accident

Let’s hope she lives.

SignA with text+websiteA toddler is in hospital with serious injuries after being run over in a driveway.

The 18-month-old girl was run over in a driveway in the Auckland suburb of Mangere today.

Police called it a “tragic incident” but gave no further details about how she was hit at the Massey Road home.

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating.

The little girl was taken to Middlemore Hospital.

The injury comes less than a month after three-year-old Valentina Grace Warren was hit in the driveway of her Te Atatu Peninsula home on November 21. She later died in  Starship hospital.

Her parents paid tribute to her today calling her “an amazing little girl.”

On average, five New Zealand children are killed in private driveways each year, according to a 2011 report by lobby group Safekids Aotearoa.

And a 2007 United Nations Children’s Fund report said New Zealand had the worst record of developed-world countries in protecting its children from accidental injuries.

…physical separation was the best protection for children.

“With the best intentions in the world, you can’t supervise toddlers 24/7,” she said.

“People need to recognise the risk. Whether it’s a shared or long driveway, children’s play areas must be totally separated. That’s the best protection.

“There are problems with all sizes of vehicles, and the blind spots are huge.

“If people can afford reversing cameras, that’s useful, but it’s not the sole answer.”

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) agreed.

“While technology like reversing cameras and alarms can help to reduce the risk, even vehicles equipped with these cameras can still have blind spots,” NZTA spokesman Andrew Knackstedt said.

People who don’t take the amount of care to check where the children are before backing out of a driveway are unlikely to be using a reversing camera.   But then, these people also tend to live in the poorer areas of our country.

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