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Why road safety matters

Over 600 children aged 8-11 were killed (10) or seriously injured (593) on Britainís roads in 2014. Thatís almost 12 children every week.

This information in this section has a simple purpose: to help you to keep your children safer.

Your child is currently learning about road safety at school but as a parent or carer you also play a big part in helping him or her to learn how to stay safe. Children copy adults’ behaviour, so if they see you taking risks they will probably take risks too. One of the best ways that you can help your child to stay safe is to set a good example when using roads, on foot in the car.

This booklet will also help you to teach your child how to be a safe pedestrian, about the importance of the Green Cross Code and how to stay safe when cycling and riding in a car. In addition it contains guidance on how children can ‘Be Bright, Be Seen’ and the law relating to child car seats and seat belts.

Still not sure that road safety matters?

  • In 2014, 10 children aged 8-11 years were killed on Britainís roads. Another 593 were seriously injured.
  • Children aged 8-11 years old accounted for 25% of child (0-16 years old) road casualties.
  • The number of children aged 8-11 killed or seriously injured increased by 5% between 2013 and 2014 but has decreased by 17% since 2010.
  • 71% of children aged 8-11 years old killed or seriously injured were on foot at the time. A further 14% of this age group were killed or seriously injured whilst cycling and 13% as car passengers.