Who is involved?

Most driveway injuries to small children occur at their homes or in their neighbourhood, because this is where they spend the majority of their time.[1]  Parents, family members and friends are often the drivers of the vehicles which injure or kill their own, or loved ones’ friends’ children.[2]

The children involved are typically younger children and generally speaking are around 2 years old. Children of such age have a new found increased mobilisation combined with an exploratory and curious nature; this is combined with a lack of cognitive abilities enabling the capacity to sense danger. The younger child is also more likely to be around the home environment as older children spend time at either day care or school. Additionally children from a lower socio-economic or a Maori or Pacific background tend to be over-represented in such issues

[1] Cowley et al., 12.

[1] Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee, Te Ròpù Arotake Auau Mate o te Hunga Tamariki, Taiohi. Low Speed Run Over Mortality, 2.
[2] Cowley et al., 12