A safety charity has published a new guide to help keep children safe on the roads in England.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has put together ‘Road Injury Prevention: Resources to Support Schools to Promote Safe Active Travel’ in a bid to reduce the number of road traffic accidents involving young people travelling to and from school.
Staff, parents and carers can all make use of the guide, which was commissioned by Public Health England.
Road collisions remain one of the main causes of premature death amongst children and young people up to the age of 15.
Nick Lloyd, RoSPA’s road safety manager, says it is important to highlight the issue in order for schools to contribute to road injury prevention and help save lives.
He hopes schools across the country will sit up and take notice, taking the necessary steps to promote safe active travel.
The guide is designed to enable people working in education to help reduce road accidents involving children by teaching them how to cope with the traffic environment. The aim is to reduce preventable deaths in the 0-15 age group.
Causes of road traffic accidents
Britain has one of the best road safety records in the world, yet thousands of people still become victims of a road traffic accidents every year.
According to the RoSPA, most road traffic accidents occur due to:
- Careless driving
- Drink driving
- Not wearing a seat belt
The most common result of an accident is whiplash, in which the tendons and muscle fibres in the head and neck are damaged by the sudden force of an impact such as a rear-end shunt.
Whiplash symptoms can take a few days to appear, but can cause significant disruption to daily routine and may force the sufferer to take time off work.
Date Published: March 25, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown