Drivers urged to slow amid safety concerns over children
83% of people worry about the safety of children around their homes because of fast traffic, according to research carried out by Brake, the road safety charity, and Churchill Car Insurance.
In response to the findings Brake and Churchill are calling on drivers to slow down to speeds of 20mph or below in built up areas.
The research also revealed that 91% would like drivers to drive more slowly and carefully in their neighbourhood; 74% think more should be done to slow down traffic around schools and community facilities; 30% think children on foot in the UK are at greater risk than in most other European counties; and 70% consciously fear for their own safety when on foot from the threat of being knocked down.
Julie Townsend, campaigns director of Brake, said: “We all want to live in safe communities where everyone is able to get out and about.
“It’s time that all drivers took responsibility and slowed down to 20mph or below when driving in communities, so everyone, especially children, can enjoy their local neighbourhood safely.
“We’re also calling on local authorities to follow the lead of places like Portsmouth and put in place more widespread 20mph limits, which are a cost effective way to help make our communities safer, healthier, and more family-friendly places.”
For more information contact Ellen Booth from Brake on 01484 550067.
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