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VIDEO: Almost 130 children killed on Cornwall's roads

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Published by Emma Carton at 7:18am 13th June 2018. (Updated at 8:30am 13th June 2018)

Almost 130 children are killed or injured on Cornwall's roads in just one year.

The figures for 2016 are being revealed as part of a bid to raise awareness about road safety.

Thousands of kids from across the Duchy, Devon, the wider south-west and the UK are marching to school on Wednesday morning.

Charity Brake did the research and spokesman Dave Nicholls says: "We only too well the heartache and suffering that's caused by each of these collisions, whether it's a death or an injury.

"It has a massive knock-on effect to those families going through the support, it obviously has an impact on the schools on the other children within those communities but also the wider community as well".

He added: "We're calling for grown-ups to drive safely within their communities but also to implement safe places.

"We need to have footpaths, cycle paths and safe places to cross so children can walk safely within their communities without fear of traffic and pollution".

What do the figures show?

According to the Department for Transport figures, 1,224 children were killed or injured on south-west roads in 2016.

On average 24 children die or suffer injuries as a result of road crashes every week. That's the equivalent of a classroom full every single week.

Across the region, Devon has the greatest number of child road casualties, at 191 per year, while Bath and North East Somerset has the fewest at 30.

Bristol, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire all saw more than 100 children killed or injured on their roads in 2016; it was 128 in the Duchy.

How are children raising awareness?

More than 5,000 kids from will take to their streets on Wednesday to raise awareness of the 24 children who are killed or injured on the south-west's roads every week.

The children, aged between four and 11, are among more than 100,000 from across the UK taking part in Brake's Kids Walk, in partnership with Co-op Insurance.

The national project is helping youngsters call for key measures to make roads safer, so that more children can enjoy the health and planet-saving benefits of walking.

Schools and nurseries from the region are uniting with Brake's Kids Walk, calling for five measures to help keep them safe: Footpaths, cycle paths, safe places to cross, slow traffic and clean traffic.

Short, supervised walks are taking place today and all week at or around schools and nurseries.

Children will walk in a crocodile formation and hold hands to highlight the importance of being able to walk without fear or threat from traffic, with some schools teaming up with their local fire service or police.

How will the event help?

Dave Nichols added: "It is every child's right to be able to walk in their community without fear of traffic and pollution. But many kids are unable to do so because they don't have access to simple measures such as footpaths, cycle paths and safe places to cross.

"Many more have to contend with fast traffic and pollution from vehicle emissions. If we want more children and their families to walk in the south-west, then we need to make sure their journeys are safe.

"We're delighted that so many schools and children across the region agree with us on this and are taking part in Brake's Kids Walk.

"Together we can raise awareness about the issues that matter to them and help make their roads safer".

Sue Palk, high-level teaching assistant at Castle Primary School in Tiverton, said: "We have really appreciated having the opportunity to join in with such a worthwhile campaign. Keeping our children safe is paramount and this includes road safety".

Nick Ansley, head of motor insurance at the Co-op said: "To see so many children taking part in this event, and promoting road safety is fantastic. Our aim is to help keep communities safe and so it's great to be involved in an initiative which is doing just that.

"Every school across the UK faces different issues, whether it be available footpaths, safe places to cross, or cycle paths. In partnership with Brake, we're hoping to raise awareness among all road users to help ensure communities are kept safe".

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