Fewer North Yorkshire children involved in serious car accidents

Fewer children are being killed or seriously hurt on North Yorkshire’s roads, figures reveal.

Sunday, 5th April 2020, 6:29 am
Figures from Public Health England and the Department for Transport showed a downward trend. Photo: PA Images

But charities say more still needs to be done to make the nation’s roads safer, and stop the “tragedy” of young lives blighted by car accidents.

Figures from Public Health England and the Department for Transport show that 49 under-16s were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in North Yorkshire in the three years from 2016 to 2018.

That was a rate of 15.8 incidents per 100,000 children – lower than the national average of 17.7.

Between 2015 and 2017, there were 52 incidents in North Yorkshire, or 16.8 in 100,000. Across the country, 5,665 children were killed or seriously injured on the roads in 2016-18.

That is the highest level for five years, although it has fallen from 7,325 in 2008-10.

The Department for Transport warns some police forces have changed their definition of a serious injury, meaning national figures may not be comparable with previous years.

Road safety charity Brake said it was a “tragedy” that so many children are still hurt or killed on the roads.

A spokesman said: “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.

“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.”

A DfT spokeswoman said: “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.”

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