Child traffic safety 'priority'

Child traffic safety 'priority'

More than two-fifths of mums and dads quizzed in a road safety survey claim their children have been involved in a 'near-miss' with traffic.

The dangerous incidents involved children, all aged between five and 11, either walking or cycling to school according to the study from sustainable transport charity Sustrans.

The poll discovered that road safety is even more of a concern for parents than the dangers posed by strangers.

In the survey breakdown, nearly a fifth (18%) of parents reported their child coming across a vehicle either failing to stop or leaving it too late to stop at a pedestrian crossing, with 13% saying a speeding vehicle almost struck them as they crossed the road.

Although just 5% said their child had been hit while walking, 44% said child road safety is their major school run concern - whereas possible danger from a stranger was the chief worry of 28%.

Measures advocated by parents include enforcing slower speeds, extra routes for walking and cycling, and safer crossings.

Sustrans, which polled 470 parents has launched a Campaign for Safer Streets. It wants parents to lobby their MPs, demanding that all children should have the right to a safe journey to school.

Copyright Press Association 2014