1000 children a month hurt on school roads

August 30, 2013 | By | In News

Over 1000 children a month are being injured in road accidents outside schools, according to research conducted by car insurance provider Axa and the research body Road Safety Analysis.

The study found that between 2006-11 there were 85,816 child casualties on roads within a 500m radius of a school – the equivalent of 1,190 a month.

37 per cent of schools reported having at least one child casualty each year over the same period, with just 20 per cent reporting no road related injuries at all.

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The average number of children injured each day outside schools.

Vehicle collisions around schools are also particularly high, with 557,200 recorded over the six-year period. This equates to six crashes per school each year on average.

Regionally, London took the top spot for both child injuries and overall collisions at 13 and 22 per cent respectively – perhaps unsurprising given the huge number of cars battling for space on the capital’s congested streets.

Outside of London, the cities with the greatest number of total road injuries around schools were (in order) Liverpool, Nottingham, Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester.

"Child road safety is of paramount importance to everyone in Britain so the more that can be done to understand the facts, and therefore adapt infrastructure or education methods, the better."

Nottingham and Liverpool also topped the table for the number of serious incidents (deaths and serious injuries) on roads outside schools, outside of the Capital.

Following its research, Axa and Road Safety Analysis have now launched a local road safety index, which highlights the areas with the best safety records.

James Barclay of Axa Car Insurance said: "Child road safety is of paramount importance to everyone in Britain so the more that can be done to understand the facts, and therefore adapt infrastructure or education methods, the better.

"Our index is a big step towards being able to truly understand how the infrastructure within local areas around schools needs to be developed to make roads safer for children."

Responding to the study, road safety minister Stephen Hammond said: "Road deaths are at a record low and child casualties have fallen considerably in recent years but I am determined to make our roads even safer.

"That is why we are improving road safety education resources for schools, making it easier for councils to put in place 20mph zones on their roads and are increasing fixed penalties for offences such as driving while using a mobile phone from £60 to £100.

"By combining education, enforcement and engineering measures such as these we will continue to reduce deaths and injuries on our roads."

What do you think should be done to improve road safety around schools? Have your say below.

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