Over 70 per cent of teachers feel compelled to campaign for improved road safety for children, after expressing deep concerns over their ability to walk or cycle to school safely.

In a survey conducted by Hampson Hughes solicitors and road safety charity Brake, a staggering 92 per cent of primary school teachers polled thought local roads needed to be made safer for children to walk and cycle on, while 81 per cent wanted 20mph limits around schools and on routes connecting to local homes.

Worryingly, of the teachers surveyed only 12 per cent said that their school already had a 20mph limit around it.

Announcing the results during the UN’s global road safety week, Brake called for widespread 20mph zones, citing the fact that 12 children a day are hurt by vehicles on the way to or from school.

Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said: "It's telling that so many schools are actively campaigning for safer streets, showing there's a lot more we can do to protect children's right to walk and cycle safely.

"It's not acceptable that children continue to be hurt and killed daily on our roads, and it's a sad state of affairs that many are prevented from walking or cycling because of traffic danger."

The RAC suggested a more measured approach, limiting reduced speed zones to directly around accident hotspots. Technical director David Bizley said: "Any suggestions of blanket 20mph limit in urban zones really don't make sense to motorists who readily recognise that different roads and different environments warrant different speed limits and driving behaviours.

"In fact, in Portsmouth a city-wide 20mph trial was found not to bring any significant reduction in the number of accidents. This would indicate that using 20mph throughout towns or cities is not as effective as reducing limits to 20mph around schools where drivers can clearly see their importance."

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Daljinder Nagra


May 7, 2013

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