TOO YOUNG TO DIE

According to the latest available statistics in a report of the European ministers of transport, Britain has the worst child pedestrian accident rate in all Europe. The highest ever recorded casualty total was in 1972, since when there has been an improvement. Recently released figures for 1974 - 720 deaths, 12840 injuries compare favourably with 848 deaths and 14398 injuries in 1973. Town children between the ages of five and nine are the most vulnerable. It is suggested that among the most critical times is the late-afternoon period after schools have closed, although more children are killed or maimed on saturdays or during school holiday periods than on schooldays. Home environment is felt to be largely responsible for many accidents and children who repeatedly have accidents, and the results of research in this field both in Britain and Sweden are presented and discussed. Such research has provided increasing evidence of the relationship between stress in the home and accidents on the roads, which it is suggested points the way for a whole new approach to the child pedestrian problem, and to the solution of what is felt to be - an urgent public health problem. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Drive Publications, Limited

    Fanum House, Basingstoke
    Hampshire RG21 2EA,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Pratt, P
  • Publication Date: 1976-3-4

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 17-22
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00137530
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 15 1976 12:00AM