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Number of child road deaths shows importance of pedestrian safety training

An increase in pedestrian fatalities and casualties on Britain’s roads shows the need for a push for safety training, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Figures released today (September 27) show that pedestrian fatalities increased by 5 per cent from 2016, with 470 deaths, and casualties rose to 23,805 – of which 25 per cent were aged between 0-15.

A total of 22 child pedestrians were killed in 2017, according to the DfT’s Reported Road Casualty Statistics.

RoSPA calls for improved road safety training for young children, especially those facing the transition between primary and secondary school.

Nick Lloyd, road safety manager for RoSPA, said: “Pedestrian road casualties are up 11 per cent from the 2010-14 average. The ultimate goal is for a vision zero where no one is killed on Britain’s roads, but these statistics show the challenges we face if this is to become a practical reality.

“Twenty-three per cent of child pedestrian casualties in 2017 occurred between 3-5pm, coinciding with the afternoon school run. These worrying statistics demonstrate the need for all road users to be extra vigilant during these hours, and the importance of practical road safety training for kids. Equally important is the provision of segregated safe walking routes and safe crossing facilities.

“We urge schools, parents and carers to provide effective road safety education, practical training, and a safe walking and cycling route to and from school.”

Other more encouraging statistics show that there were fewer young (aged 17-24) car occupant fatalities, and a slight reduction in pedal cyclist fatalities and casualties, which is a step in the right direction.

Full details of the 2017 statistics can be found on the Department for Transport website.

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