Figures by road safety charity ‘Brake’ shows two in five primary school children in the South East have been hit or nearly hit by a car.
5:42pm 17th November 2014
Today (17th November), the charity is launching a campaign calling on all road users to look out for each other.
We asked some Guildford parents what they thought about the recent stats: “I think the roads are very dangerous because people don’t take any care or consideration to the traffic lights.
“You do see a lot in the news about incidents with small children, it is frightening really.
“It doesn’t surprise me, people not concentrating or texting, which you see a lot of around here.”
‘Brake’ also says up to 95% of crashes are the fault of the driver.
We asked Guildford parents who they think is to blame for the majority of collisions: “Bikes are responsible a lot of the time, I have been cut up by bikes and they undertake you, they are dangerous.
“It’s a good percentage on pedestrians side as well, not just the drivers.
“Quite often there’s big groups of school kids and they aren’t really aware of what’s going on around them.”
The campaign comes at the start of Road Safety Week, coordinated by Brake, during which thousands of schools, communities and companies will be raising awareness and police across the UK will be stepping up traffic enforcement to deter and catch drivers putting others at risk.
143,883 fixed penalty notices were issued for ‘careless driving’ and speeding offences in the South East in 2013, that is one every four minutes.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said: “When drivers use roads without care for others the consequences can be tragic and horrific – people killed and badly injured, lives ruined forever, because of a moment of impatience or selfishness.
“At Brake we witness the suffering that results, daily, through our work supporting people affected by road death and injury.
“And there are wider consequences if we don’t look out for each other on roads – people afraid to walk and cycle or let their kids walk and cycle, and unable to get out and enjoy their community and live active lifestyles.
“That’s why, instead of making our streets stressful, risky places, we’re asking all road users to look out for and protect each other, particularly the most vulnerable – that means drivers sticking to 20 or below in towns and villages, looking carefully at junctions, and being considerate.
“Ultimately, we’re all just human beings trying to get around, with equal right to use the roads, not competing tribes.”
Road safety minister Robert Goodwill MP added his support, saying: “Cycling and walking are healthy ways to get around and are good for the environment too and I want more people to be able to make this choice for their journeys.
“At the same time we want to ensure cyclists and pedestrians are safe.
“That is why in the Cycling Delivery Plan I announced our proposals for the next phase of work on cycle and pedestrian safety.
“This includes cycle-proofing our roads and wider transport infrastructure, a review of regulations, the need to highlight best practice to local authorities, an update to the national design standards and a review of the driving test.”
How dangerous will it be for our Effingham school children if we have six years of building with massive lorries on our narrow unpaved lanes?