Too many children killed on roads and in driveways

The State’s peak motoring body has expressed serious concern after it was revealed 14 Queensland children were killed in transport related incidents in 12 months.

A Queensland Family and Child Commission report* revealed four children were killed in motor vehicle crashes, three in low-speed crashes, two were pedestrians, while others died on motorbikes, watercraft and bicycles.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said while it was the lowest number of transport related child deaths since reporting started in 2004, it was still a shocking statistic.

“Any death is a tragedy with far-reaching effects across the community, and when it involves children it’s even worse,” Ms Hunter said.

“With thousands of families on the road during school holidays, we urge all drivers to take extra care behind the wheel.”

Ms Hunter said it was devastating to note the number of children killed in low-speed run overs hadn’t experienced any major reduction since reporting began.

“Low-speed crashes are particularly distressing as the drivers tend to be family members, reversing at the time of impact,” she said.

“With children playing around the house over the break we’re urging parents to be alert around driveways.

“When backing out of the home, visibility is poor and children can wander into the path of the car. Parents need to ensure children are supervised at all times and play areas should be separated from driveways, preferably by fences.”

* The Queensland Family and Child Commission Annual Report: Deaths of children and young people Queensland covering the period from 1 July 2016 to 30 July 2017.