Injury Prevention Week 2020 Image: Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Survey of parents reveals road safety fears

A new survey has revealed that most parents do not think their children understand road dangers or concentrate properly when near roads. The survey by YouGov, commissioned for Injury Prevention Week (17-21 August), found that almost two-thirds of parents did not think their children had a good understanding of the dangers or concentrate near roads.

As pupils prepare to set off back to school next month, safety campaigners have urged parents to help children learn the Green Cross Codeas they would their spellings or times tables”.

Sam Elsby, president of APIL, a not-for-profit group for injured people, which hosts Injury Prevention Week, said:

“One in eight parents went as far as to say they are very concerned about their children’s safety.

“The Highway Code states that children should not be allowed out alone until they can understand and use the Green Cross Code properly.

“So it is particularly important for those children who may be walking to school without a parent or guardian for the first time this term.

“I urge parents to be proactive this Injury Prevention Week. Support children in their knowledge and understanding as it is their best tool for avoiding harm on the roads.

“Test your children this week on crossing between parked cars and on bends. And ask them if they know to look out for reverse lights so they know if a car is about to move backwards.

“Test them in the same way you would test them on their spellings or times tables.”

Provisional statistics on reported road casualties in Great Britain for 2019, released by the Department for Transport and ONS showed:

  • 1,748 reported road deaths, similar to the level seen since 2012
  • 153,315 casualties of all severities in reported road traffic accidents, a decrease of 5% compared to 2018
  • Children aged 15 and under account for around a quarter of pedestrian injuries and deaths on British roads

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