RACQ CareFlight flew a 14-month-old Nambour toddler to the Royal Brisbane Hospital last night to undergo specialist care, after the child suffered serious injuries when hit by a reversing vehicle in the family driveway.
RACQ CareFlight Rescue Aircrewman Jerm Cutelli urged parents to be mindful of their children around vehicles, roads and driveways.
“As a father myself, it’s always a traumatic experience for everyone involved. CareFlight wishes the little one a speedy recovery.”
RACQ Senior Road Safety Advisor Joel Tucker said that in Australia, on average, one child was hurt or seriously injured in the driveway of a home every week, and in Queensland approximately three children were killed every year.
“Young children lack the awareness of the dangers of a moving vehicle and if the driver is unable to see them on a driveway it is easy for a tragedy to occur,” Mr Tucker said.
RACQ has produced a YouTube video about driveway safety outlining the following steps that can be taken to help reduce driveway risk:
RACQ offers a free injury prevention program, Kids N Cars, for drivers to keep young children safe and protected in and around vehicles. For more details contact 07 3872 8925.