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Driveway danger for young children

Parents are urged to check for children near their car before reversing in driveways.

Residents are being warned the home driveway can turn into a deathtrap for little children, with school drop-off and pick-up times the biggest danger zones for run overs.

Children under the age of five are the most likely to be accidentally struck by distracted drivers near the home, Kidsafe Victoria says.

A new safety campaign is being launched today warning of the dangers of low-speed run overs with a video featuring radio personality Ryan Fitzgerald and son Hewie.

Most driveway run overs happen between 8-10am and 4-6pm

Kidsafe Victoria said eight children aged under five are killed on average each year in Australia and 60 suffer serious injury due to driveway run overs.

Most driveway run overs happen between 8-10am and 4-6pm.

Parents are urged to follow simple safety tips including walking around the car before getting in, supervising children near cars, and keeping play spaces away from driveways and garages.

Vice president Robert Caulfield said back-to-school time could be one of the most risky for young children.