The National Road Safety Forum held in August last year included a focus on driveway safety - reducing deaths and serious injuries to children caused by collisions with vehicles at home.
The Department has been working with a number of experts and building, design and planning peak groups to develop a proposed framework of design principles and measures which could form the basis of a best practice, voluntary design guide. The aim of this guide would be to help home owners, builders and designers make choices that reduce the risks to children.
The Minister for Road Safety, Catherine King, released a discussion paper this week for public comment, seeking the views of all interested parties about the proposed principles and measures it sets out.Further information is available from the Department's website, and feedback can be provided until 6 August 2013.
At the end of the day though, as Richard says, drivers need to recognise they are driving a machine that can kill & maim. (1,300 killed, 40,000 injured by cars each year in Australia.) Drivers need to drive safely & be aware that other people exist & have rights too.
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