In this document the Government's strategy for reducing road accidents involving children is set out. Its purpose is to provide a framework and a focus for concerted action by the many agencies, organisations and individuals involved. The scale of the problem is first examined. Over 9,000 children are killed or seriously injured annually. This death rate is one of the highest in Europe. Boys are at much greater risk than girls when walking or cycling, and the risk increases with age. Most child pedestrians and cyclists who are killed or seriously injured are knocked down by cars on residential roads carrying light traffic. Why accidents happen, and ways of reducing them are then discussed. These include: making roads safer by use of traffic calming measures; careful driving; pre-school and school road safety training; being visible at night; wider use of seat belts in buses; and targeted road safety publicity campaigns. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department for Transport, England

    Road Safety Division, 76 Marsham Street
    London,   England  SW1P 4DR
  • Publication Date: 1990-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 16 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00617369
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1991 12:00AM