Toddler death renews call for standard reversing cameras

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TAGS Safety Technology Toddler death renews call for standard reversing cameras 12 October 2015 by Brad Crouch · News Corp Australia network The death of a toddler run over in the driveway of his Oakden home has prompted South Australian Road Safety Minister Tony Piccolo to call for technology such as reversing cameras to be standard features on new cars.The boy was hit just before 8.30am yesterday and was rushed by his family to the Women's and Children's Hospital, but he died soon after arrival.A neighbour opposite the Westbury Court house said she heard a scream, then moments later a woman calling out.Holden Hill police and Major Crash investigators are preparing a report for the coroner.It is unclear if the car involved in yesterday's accident had reversing cameras.The family had moved into the house recently, the neighbour said.It is the third driveway tragedy involving toddlers in South Australia in the past two years.In December an unoccupied car rolled down a driveway at Clarendon, killing an 18-month-old girl. In February last year, a Klemzig man accidentally struck and killed his 22-month-old daughter in his driveway.Mr Piccolo said yesterday's death was an "absolute tragedy" and passed on his condolences to those involved."I urge all car manufacturers to consider technologies that improve road safety as a standard feature in their new cars," he said.One in four new SUVs lack reversing camerasAn average of seven children aged under 14 were killed by cars in driveways each year over the past five years across Australia, and another 74 were seriously injured, according to Kidsafe.Kidsafe and the Pedestrian Council have previously supported mandatory reversing cameras, while cautioning they are not perfect and drivers still need to take care.A News Corp Australia study earlier year found that one in four new SUVs lack reversing cameras.More than 30 of the 125 SUV models on sale do not have rear cameras, even though they are standard on the $14,990 Honda Jazz and $15,990 Toyota Yaris hatchbacks, two of the cheapest cars on the market.NSW Road Safety Minister Duncan Gay is pushing for mandatory cameras following the death of a three-year-old girl hit by her uncle's car in Taree. "It is a no-brainer – for a small price we can save children's lives," he said. Related articles Hyundai i30 tops sales charts again in September9 October 2015 by Joshua Dowling Toyota Mirai hydrogen car hits Australia6 October 2015 by Joshua Dowling 2015 Toyota HiLux review6 October 2015 by Ewan Kennedy 2015 Toyota HiLux review | first drive2 October 2015 by Joshua Dowling Ranger vs HiLux is the new schoolyard battle | opinion2 October 2015 by Joshua Dowling What to read next Comments Related articles Hyundai i30 tops sales charts again in September9 October 2015 by Joshua Dowling Toyota Mirai hydrogen car hits Australia6 October 2015 by Joshua Dowling 2015 Toyota HiLux review6 October 2015 by Ewan Kennedy 2015 Toyota HiLux review | first drive2 October 2015 by Joshua Dowling Ranger vs HiLux is the new schoolyard battle | opinion2 October 2015 by Joshua Dowling Related pages Safety Technology Related cars for sale Search all cars for sale Get the latest news, reviews and advice every week '); }