Increasing Number of Road Traffic Accidents Near Schools

school injuriesAround 50 children a day are hurt in road accidents near schools, according to the latest car insurance industry data.

In some areas, the accidents have been relentless, as the statistics show more than a third of neighbourhoods had at least one accident involving a schoolchild every year between 2006 and 2011.

The government criticised the data, and argued road deaths were at an all-time low and the number of children hurt in accidents had fallen.

Nevertheless, research firm Road Safety Analysis and Axa Car Insurance are pressing ahead with a plan to put the data online so parents can see how safe the roads are around their children’s schools and help teachers identify black spots.

The web site will also show parents and teachers how many collisions, including those not involving children, have taken place within 500 metres of schools.

The data shows nearly 86,000 children have suffered an injury in a road accident near their school gates – and only 20% of schools reported no accidents.

The figures show that each school has an average six accidents within 500 metres every year – but not all involve children.

Some accidents occur in school holidays, says the study, and so may not have involved children.

Excluding London, Liverpool was the place with the worst accident record. Nottingham, Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester were the other cities with poor accident records.

Road Safety Analysis director Dan Campsall said: “Translating this wealth of data into something that is meaningful for parents, teachers and community leaders has its challenges.

“However, it is important that these groups are able to understand the immediate road risks around their local schools if they are going to work effectively to secure safer communities for children in the future.

“The data can be used to support changes in local road safety education as well as the road environment, therefore helping to further safeguard pupils across the country.”

Official road accident statistics disclose 2,272 children were killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads in 2012 – down 6% on the previous year.

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