Brake, the road safety charity, will today (23 November) present a survey to Downing Street which shows that 90% of children believe motorists drive too fast in their neighbourhoods.
The survey of 15,531 children has been published to coincide with Road Safety Week (22-28 November), which is organised by Brake.
Other findings from the survey show that 10% of children have been knocked down when walking or cycling, 56% have had a near miss and 16% have had a ‘frightening’ experience.
Other statistics from the survey reveal that 64% of nine – 13 year-olds think the roads around their homes and schools are dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.
Brake will also call on the government to put in place a strategy and targets to continue bringing child deaths and serious injuries down, with a long term goal to reduce them to zero.
Julie Townsend, campaigns director at Brake, says: “For a society that places so much importance on the safety and wellbeing of our children, it is shocking and unacceptable that so many children die and suffer injuries on our roads.
“One of the best ways we can protect our children is by slowing down to 20mph when driving in communities – this simple step means you have a good chance of being able to stop in time if a child runs out in front of you.”
For more information contact Julie Townsend on 0208 6772036.