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116 child casualties on Cornwall's roads in a year

116 child casualties on Cornwall's roads in a year

Published by Emma Carton at 9:16am 26th June 2019. (Updated at 10:10am 26th June 2019)

Thousands of children are marching to raise awareness, as the number killed or injured on Cornwall's roads is revealed.

Figures released from safety charity Brake show it was over 100 in the Duchy in 2017.

Now more than 3,500 kids from across the south-west are taking their message to the streets.

They are calling on 'grown-ups' to take action to better protect young people.

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Thousands of children are marching to raise awareness as figures show 116 were killed or injured on Cornwall's roads in a year

What do the figures show?

The number of children killed or injured on Cornwall's roads was 116 in 2017.

Figures from the Department for Transport show it was 1,094 across the south-west.

That works out to an average number of 21 casualties every day.

The figures for the Duchy are down, year on year, however campaigners say more needs to be done.

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More than 3,500 children across the south-west are taking part in Brake's Walk for Kids to raise awareness about road safety

What is happening on Wednesday?

Thousands of children are taking part in Brake's Kids Walk with Shaun the Sheep.

They want to raise awareness of the number of children killed or seriously injured on our roads.

Youngsters are calling for five measures to keep them safe - footpaths, cycle paths, safe places to cross, slow traffic and clean traffic.

Nationwide, short, supervised walks are taking place 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. Some schools are teaming up with their local fire service or police.

Schools can also run special road-safety-themed assemblies, lessons and activities, using free resources featuring Shaun the Sheep and his friends.

The event can be used to fundraise for Brake, which supports families who have lost loved ones in road crashes.

You can read more about Brake's Kids Walk with Shaun the Sheep here.

"Every child should be able to walk in their community without fear of traffic and pollution. 

"Unfortunately, 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 must contend with fast traffic and pollution from vehicle emissions. 

"If we want 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".

Dave Nicholls, Brake

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