With youngsters returning to school this week, Peterborough City Council have sent out a reminder to people that six children aged 16 and under were killed or seriously injured on Peterborough roads in 2011 and 89 were slightly injured!
Commenting, local LIB DEM ward councillor Darren Fower said:
“The City Council are reminding local children returning to school next week after the summer holidays to remember their Green Cross Code and stay safe on their way to and from school.
“Personally, I’d also like to see the Town Hall announcing what actions they intend to introduce in the coming year their plans to make journeys to school safer. For example, in our area, when are we going to see a crossing outside Norwood School, effective enforcement of parking on double yellow lines outside Werrington Primary School or the small number of drivers using Foxcovert Road as a drop off and collection point?”
The announcement from the City Council also pointed out that:
* A total of 49 teenagers aged 12 to 16 were hurt on Peterborough roads during 2011, of which 28% were pedestrians and 18% were cyclists.
* Young people aged between 11 and 16 are more at risk of being killed or seriously injured as a pedestrian or cyclist in a road accident than other age groups.
Clair George, Road Safety Officer for the SaferPeterborough Partnership, said:
“Some children will be walking to school without an adult for the first time and with this greater independence comes more responsibility.
“With tag lines of ‘Dress brightly in cool gear if it’s hospital you fear’ and ‘Should you fall and hit the dirt, a helmet might prevent the hurt’ this excellent site is a clear reminder of all the areas of road safety we should be educating our children on, not to mention sharpening up on ourselves.
“We are reminding young people about the need to be careful on the roads but also reminding parents that young children should never be near roads on their own or walk to school unaccompanied. The best way to teach road safety is to practise in real life situations, as children learn by example and parents and carers are excellent role models.”
* It is against the law not to stop for a school crossing patroller. Courts have the power to impose fines of up to £1,000, add points to a driver’s licence and ban drivers who fail to stop.
* Road safety literature aimed at children, young people and parents will be distributed to all city primary and secondary schools. This will be followed up with various road safety education initiatives delivered in partnership at schools throughout the academic year.
* For further information about road safety, visit www.dft.gov.uk/think