School children injuries revealed

School children injuries revealed

New figures released by Road Safety Analysis show over 1,000 children are injured going to and from schools each month.

There was at least one incident each year from 2006 to 2011 in more than a third of local school areas, while only a fifth of schools reported no incidents.

During this time, a total of 85,814 children were injured on roads within 500 metres of schools, which equates to 1,190 each month. There were 130,659 pedestrian casualties and 172,495 cyclist casualties.

The figures also indicate there were 557,200 crashes near schools in this period, an average of six around each school each year. These were incidents reported to police and did not necessarily leave people injured.

The most collisions took place in London, which represented 13% of overall child casualties and 22% of total collisions.

Road Safety Analysis director Dan Campsall said it is difficult to translate the findings into something meaningful for parents, teachers and community leaders.

"However, it is important that these groups are able to understand the immediate road risks around their local schools if they are going to work effectively to secure safer communities for children in the future," he added.

"The data can be used to support changes in local road safety education as well as the road environment, therefore helping to further safeguard pupils across the country."

Copyright Press Association 2013