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Roads are dangerous, say children

Children are at risk from speeding drivers and "dangerous roads" around schools and homes, a survey has revealed.

As many as 10% of nine to 13-year-olds have been knocked down while walking or cycling, the poll by road safety charity Brake and insurance company QBE found.

More than 60% of nine to 13-year-olds think the roads around their home and school are dangerous for those on foot or bicycles. And almost nine in 10 of these children reckon drivers go too fast in their community.

Based on responses from more than 15,000 children aged between nine and 13, the poll showed that 50% of nine to 11-year-olds and 61% of 11 to 13-year-olds have had a near-miss while walking or cycling.

The survey was launched as part of Road Safety Week during which a petition about road safety will be handed in at 10 Downing Street.

Brake believes that urban speed limits should be lowered to 20mph and strictly enforced.

Brake campaigns director Julie Townsend said: "For a society that places so much importance on the safety and well-being of our children, it is shocking and unacceptable that so many children die and suffer appalling injuries on our roads."

Road safety minister Mike Penning said: "Britain has some of the safest roads in the world, but if we are to continue to reduce casualties then everyone has a role to play.

"The Government is working on a new national road safety strategy and this week we launched an exciting new initiative to help children stay safe when they are out on the roads.

"Local authorities are able to implement 20mph limits outside schools or on other roads where they feel it is appropriate and they are best placed to make these decisions using their local knowledge."


From Belfast Telegraph