Over a third of local school areas have had at least one child involved in a road accident between 2006 and 2011, figures show.
Statistics from Road Safety Analysis show that 37% of local school areas report a child casualty each year – equating to over 1,000 children a month being injured on the roads.
In the six years between 2006 and 2011, there were over 85,000 child casualties in a 500-metre radius around British schools, while only 20% of schools reported no child casualties in that period.
There were 130,659 pedestrian casualties, while 172,495 cyclists were injured.
The data also revealed that on average there were six collisions per school per year between 2006 and 2011 – a total of 557,200. A collision is defined as any accident which which was reported to police involving any vehicle on a local road, though it did not specifically have to result in injury.
Regional figures for road accidents near schools
Some 13% of the national child casualties happened in London, while the capital also accounted for 22% of overall collisions.
Outside the capital, of the cities with over 100 schools, Liverpool had the highest number of road injuries between 2006 and 2011, followed by Nottingham, Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester.
Again excluding London, the city area which had the most number of serious incidents (deaths and serious injuries) was Nottingham, then Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester.
Road Safety Analysis director Dan Campsall said: “Translating this wealth of data into something that is meaningful for parents, teachers and community leaders has its challenges.
“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.
“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.”
Source: BBC News
Date Published: September 2, 2013
Author: David Brown