Statistics

Approximately six children are killed every year on New Zealand driveways and it is estimated that at least every two weeks a child is hospitalised with serious injuries resulting from a driveway run over accident.[1] A UNICEF report published in 2007 found New Zealand to be the worst of the OECD countries in protecting its children from accidental and unintentional injuries.[2]  Additionally New Zealand has one of the highest records of driveways deaths and injuries in the world.[3] In the Auckland region alone non-fatal injuries of child driveway run over accidents have increased from 7.6 per 100,000 (1998-2001) to 8.4 per 100,000(2001-2005).[4] Fatalities have remained the same. It has been found to be more likely for such accidents to occur when a vehicle is reversing, but this does not rule out forward moving vehicles. The graph below shows the figures per year as provided by Starship and Safekids Fact Sheet, this is solely for the Auckland region.


[1] Cowley, Natalie Anne et al, 2.
[2] Safekids New Zealand (2011) Safekids New Zealand position paper: Child driveway run over injuries. Auckland: Safekids New Zealand, 7.
[3]  Ibid., 4
[4] Ibid.