26 September 2023

New drive to make driveways safer

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Motor car drivers have been reminded to look out for children in driveways as the Georgina Josephine Foundation launches the first annual national awareness event, National Low Speed Vehicle Run Over Prevention Awareness Day.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole said the Day was an important reminder for everyone to take care when using driveways.

“The inaugural awareness day is in memory of Georgina Josephine Cockburn who was just 15 months old when fatally injured in the driveway of her family’s home in Young, NSW, on 16 April, 2011” Mr Toole said.

“In NSW, at least 12 children under 17 years have been killed and 27 seriously injured in driveway crashes since January 2013,” he said.

“With more children and parents now at home adjusting to the current restrictions, it’s really important for everyone in the family to be aware of the safety risks associated with driveways, particularly for young children.”

Mr Toole said low speed vehicle run-over crashes could happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime, although it was young children who were the most vulnerable.

Peter Cockburn from the Georgina Josephine Foundation said the aim was to reduce driveway deaths and injuries and develop support services for affected families.

Further information on driveway safety can be accessed on Transport for NSW’s website at this PS News link.

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