Many children under 13 hit by cars

A survey has revealed that a tenth of school goers in Scotland have been hit by a car or bicycle before their 13th birthday.

The research by road safety charityBrake, has revealed that around 13% of children aged 11 to 13, and 6% of children aged nine to 11, have been hit by a vehicle while taking a walk or cycling.

The study involved 1,665 children: 728 students aged nine to 11 chosen from primary schools and 927 pupils aged 11 to13 from secondary schools.

While 51% of the respondents said that they have faced "near miss" situations, 22% of nine to 11-year-olds and 11% of pupils aged between 11 and 13 said that they have had a "scary experience" with traffic.

Only three out of 10 pupils in primary school (29%) reported never having a scary experience, near miss, or hit on the road.

This figure dipped for pupils in secondary school, to 19%.

The survey, carried out ahead of the Road Safety Week, also showed that 87% of respondents think that vehicles travel "too fast" on roads near school or their houses, with 54% saying that the roads surrounding their school or home are dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.

According toBrake, the data is "outrageous" and the Government should implement a strategy for the safety of children travelling around their house or school.

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