In Australia many children are injured or die from low-speed run-overs. In fact, one child is run over in the driveway of their own home every week in Australia (State of the Road 2011).
Car Dash Cameras Australia have recently decided to donate $10 from every Reversing Camera Pack we sell to the Georgina Josephine Foundation. The Georgina Josephine Foundation is a charity organisation that aims to raise awareness of injury or death of children from driveway accidents and also provides support to families who have been affected by such a tragedy.
This cause is one that is close to our hearts at Car Dash Cameras Australia as our family have experienced the tragedy of losing a child in a low-speed driveway accident.
In a research document published by the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) it is noted that there may be a connection to an increase in these types of accidents coinciding with an increase in popularity of 4WD vehicles. 4WD vehicles have larger blind spots, especially when reversing.
The study also made note that “recommended vehicle devices for reducing the risk of driveway accidents are a combination of functioning proximity sensors and a video camera” (State of the Road 2011). Our Reversing Camera Pack combines proximity sensors with a reversing camera and we find that this is safer than just a reversing camera alone. Parents are often distracted when reversing and an audible warning can provide an additional safety warning.
Some late model 4WD vehicles have reversing cameras and that is a good thing but some don’t, we believe that all vehicles should be fitted with them as they are inexpensive and can save lives. We fitted one to my elderly farther’s vehicle as it is a great help to him when reversing and parking.
1. State of the Road – Available from: <http://www.carrsq.qut.edu.au/publications/corporate/driveway_runovers_fs.pdf>. [20 August 2015].