Too many children killed on roads

Too many children are still being killed and injured on our roads, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

The government spending watchdog reports that Britain languishes at 17th place on a list of countries ranked by the fewest accidents involving children.

The report - Improving Road Safety For Pedestrians And Cyclists In Great Britain - also says that of 14 European countries in 2006, Britain had the fourth lowest number of cyclist deaths.

The number killed or seriously injured fell between 2000 and 2004, but rose by 11% from 2004 to 2007. There has been a slower rate of decline in road deaths (18%) than serious injuries (37%) compared with the mid-1990s

Meanwhile, Britain is fifth overall for the least number of road deaths per head of population, but only 11th out of 24 in the developed OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries for pedestrian deaths.

The NAO says that the Government needs to set separate targets for those killed and those seriously injured on the roads, while the Department for Transport needs to work with a number of different organisations to meet its road safety objectives.

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