The MP for Ribble Valley, Nigel Evans, has announced his support for a local campaign for an increase in road safety in the area. The campaign is designed to help reduce the number of collisions around schools that have occurred in the last few years. Statistics show there were 31 accidents within 500 metres of the Whalley CE Primary School in Ribble Valley between 2008 and 2013.
These figures come from research by Axa Insurance. Four of these accidents involved children and an additional four involved cyclists. Another six saw pedestrians caught up in accidents. The period covered by the Axa Insurance research has shown that a little over two-thirds of all road accidents involving children have occurred within this 500-metre boundary around schools. This has been seized upon by the new campaign in the hope that a reduction in collisions near schools can be achieved.
The MP is calling on everyone to get involved in supporting the campaign, which is based on a crowdfunding initiative. It is hoped that accidents will be reduced and also that local communities involving schools will be able to highlight solutions that can potentially make roads safer around schools.
How dangerous are the roads around schools?
Roads close to schools tend to see an increase in traffic both in the mornings and the afternoons. This is understandable. It is also the case that foot traffic will become heavier as children and their parents go to and from school during these periods. While crossings and lollipop services are provided in many cases, there are still potential dangers that can crop up. Many of these could potentially be reduced if the right steps are taken to ensure this is the case. Making sure everyone is more alert to the dangers is a big step in the right direction.
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Source: Lancashire Telegraph
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown