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Child road accidents in Cornwall at nine-year high

Child road accidents in Cornwall at nine-year high

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:01am 18th April 2020.

A charity says "more need to be done" after figures revealed Cornwall's road are becoming more dangerous for children. 

Figures from Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Transport (DfT) showed that the number of death and serious injuries are at its highest level in the Duchy for nine years. 

Just over 40 under-16s were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Cornwall in the three years from 2016 to 2018.

Road safety charity, 'Brake', said more needs to be done to make roads safer as it was a "tragedy" that so many children are still hurt or killed on the roads.

"Every child should have the right to be able to play out and walk or cycle to school in their community without fear of traffic and pollution.

"But many are unable to do so because of dangerous driving around schools and a lack of access to simple measures such as footpaths, cycle paths or safe places to cross.

"We need to see safer speeds, particularly around schools and on streets where children play, and greater investment in segregated cycle paths and footpaths to help keep children safe on our roads.”

Spokesperson from Brake

"Every road death is a tragedy and after every instance, we review the circumstances in a case whether prevention measures are necessary.

“These figures, however saddening, do not necessarily indicate a problem in a given area and represent a small proportion of overall deaths encompassing all ages.

“We continue to engage with schools and colleges to raise awareness of road safety and our neighbourhood teams continue to work hard to combat road traffic collisions with our communities.”

Inspector Simon Jenkinson, Roads Policing Inspector for Devon

Public Health England says parents cite the speed and volume of traffic as reasons they do not allow their children to walk or cycle, which it says is reducing opportunities for physical exercise.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said it has "consistently called on the Government to increase its efforts to reduce pedestrian casualties involving children".

"Walking to school provides excellent daily exercise, which should be encouraged and allows parents or carers the opportunity to teach children valuable lifesaving road safety skills.

"There should also be a greater emphasis on schools providing pedestrian training in primary schools to prepare children as they move up to high school."

Nick Lloyd, Head of Road Safety at The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

“The death of any child on our roads is a tragedy and we express our deepest sympathies to the families who have sadly lost loved ones.

“We’ve empowered local authorities to help deliver road safety measures – such as the introduction of appropriate speed limits – and we’re using new technology and research to educate children about the dangers on our roads.”

Spokesperson from DfT

Cornwall Council has both been approached for a comment. 

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