Parents' worry over road safety

Nearly three quarters of parents feel measures should be taken to slow down traffic around schools and community facilities, a new survey has revealed.

According to the poll conducted by road safety charity Brake, 74% of mothers and fathers called for traffic to be controlled in such areas.

The poll of 2,000 people suggests that up to 30% of parents think their children are more likely to be hurt on the roads in the UK than elsewhere in Europe.

Among the respondents, 83% are concerned about the safety of their children even on streets around their homes, due to fast moving vehicles and 91% said they wanted motorists to slow down when driving through their neighbourhood.

Furthermore, 70% of parents were also worried about their own safety on roads.

Julie Townsend, the charity's campaigns director, has called on local authorities to take the lead of Portsmouth City Council that has imposed 20mph limits on more roads in the area - as a cost-effective way of making communities safer, healthier and more family-friendly.

She added: "It's time that all drivers took responsibility and slowed down to 20mph or below when driving in communities, so everyone, especially children, get to enjoy their local neighbourhood safely."

Mike Penning, Minister for Transport, said: "Britain has some of the safest roads in the world, but if we are to continue to reduce casualties then everyone has a role to play."

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