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Accidental child driveway runovers: Exploring Waikato data and the efficacy of existing responses

While the numbers of accidents are not high, there is little doubt that driveway runovers are an ongoing, often fatal and inevitably avoidable tragedy for children and their families. In many cases the driver is an immediate family member, or a neighbour or friend, which serves to compound the tragedy. This type of accident is, like other unintentional child injuries, preventable. The over-riding objective of this study is to find ways to minimise the incidence and severity of driveway runovers. We also aim to add Waikato data to the existing knowledge base. This report begins with a description of the research process utilised in this project, which combines a literature review with the collection of Waikato data and a review of available resources. Chapter Two presents the literature review, dividing the material into its different sources, then summarising the literature in terms of the three main factors contributing to driveway runovers. The following chapter provides data on Waikato driveway accidents for the period since May 2006. The type and availability of educational resources is then presented. Chapter Four evaluates existing resources and their availability, suggesting how they might be made more accessible to families. It also assesses existing recommendations and provides further suggestions for enhancing driveway safety. These again reflect the three main categories outlined in the literature – human, vehicle and environmental.
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Hunter, J., Poulgrain, H.M. & Campbell, M. (2009). Accidental child driveway runovers: Exploring Waikato data and the efficacy of existing responses. 2009-10 Summer Research Scholarship report for the Child Injury Prevention Foundation New Zealand (CIPFNZ). Hamilton, New Zealand: Department of Societies and Cultures, University of Waikato.
Department of Societies and Cultures, University of Waikato
© 2010 John Hunter, Hayley Mills Poulgrain and Maxine Campbell