More child road casualties over summer months

Thursday, March 31, 2016


Research conducted by the RAC foundation has found that more children die on Britain's roads in the longer summer days than during the winter.


RAC's research based on a five-year average form 2010-14 found that the largest number of child casualties recorded was for the month of June.


227 children under 15 were killed or seriously injured during this period, from a total of 1,733 road casualties, also under 15 years of age. 


December saw the lowest monthly averages, with 122 children being hurt or killed out of a total of 1,103 casualties.


These figures are attributed to the fact that more children play outdoors with friends, walk to school or cycle during the warmer, longer summer days, which means a potentially higher exposure to risk, according to the RAC Foundation.


The RAC also found that 40% of child road casualties are pedestrians and that 13% of all child road casualties are cyclists.  


In addition, the peak hour for child road casualties occur between 3pm and 4pm, with many children also being hurt in the couple of hours following, also. The research also indicated a spike between 8am and 9am, during the school rush hour.


The regions with the highest child casualties were Blackpool, Hyndburn, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, North East Lincolnshire, East Lindsey, Boston, Ceredigion, Preston and Liverpool.


Steve Gooding, the RAC Foundation director, said: "Instinctively we think of the dark, cold months as taking the biggest toll on our children. But the opposite is true.


"We don't want to wrap our children in cotton wool, and walking and cycling are generally good for our health, so as adults and parents we need to lead by example whether we are driving a car, crossing the road or on two wheels.


"The more we act responsibly, the faster young children will learn and the more likely they will be to stay safe when they have to make decisions for themselves."


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