A government study has found that boys are twice as likely to be killed on the roads as girls.

The Department for Transport has undertaken a study concluding that 64 per cent of boys aged 16 years and under were killed or seriously injured on the roads in 2006.

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety believes that the casualty rate among young males is higher because they spend more time on the streets unsupervised. It has been suggested that parents who give their sons more freedom may be unwittingly contributing to the higher death rate, and subsequently, there have been more calls for compulsory road safety training for young males.

Robert Gifford, the council’s director said that schools were failing to give children road safety education when they most needed it.

“There is a lot of attention on educating primary school children about crossing the road but very little material for use in secondary schools. At the point when children are being allowed out on their own, the education often ceases.”

The DfT study found that overall child road deaths and serious injuries had fallen by 52 per cent in the past ten years.

Stephen Jury


February 25, 2008