All resources tagged with 'road safety'

28% increase in child road deaths

The number of child fatalities and seriously injured child casualties in road traffic accidents in Great Britain both showed increases in 2016, according to the latest statistical release from the Department of Transport.

While the number of child fatalities have fluctuated between 48 and 69 between 2010 and 2016, the latest figure is the highest number of child deaths since 2009 and a 28% increase on 2015.

Child fatalities mainly affect pedestrians (34 in 2016) and car occupants (26 in 2016) with a smaller number of pedal cyclists (6 fatalities in 2016).

Improving attitudes to road safety

Public attitudes to transport are included in the British Social Attitudes Survey 2016. There are positive findings for various road safety measures including:

Speed Down Save Lives for Road Safety Week 2017

Right across the UK, speeding on our roads is a major problem. Speeding puts everyone in the community at risk of serious injury. But the dangers are particularly acute for children, whose lack of awareness and smaller size leaves them vulnerable to fast moving traffic.

Using behaviour change techniques in road safety

With fewer people and resources available to develop effective road safety interventions, it’s vital that practitioners can build on tried and tested experience and practical insights into what works.

Parents and child road safety – identifying and sharing good practice

While parents see themselves as responsible for developing their children’s road safety awareness and skills, they rarely have a deliberate strategy for teaching children road safety. Their safety messages may be out-of-date, they may put too little emphasis on helping children develop practical skills, and they may act inconsistently on the roads, unaware of their importance as role models.

Child road casualties rise

The wider context – road users of all ages

The number of road deaths, seriously injured (KSI) and total casualties all increased year on year in 2015-16, according to figures published by the Department for Transport (DfT). Reported road casualties in Great Britain: quarterly provisional estimates year ending March 2016.

The figures cover the period 1st April 2015 – 31st March 2016.

Child road injuries peak in July

Research from RAC Foundation confirms that more children die on the roads in the longer summer days than in winter. The month with the biggest number of child road casualties in Britain is July, according to research based on a five-year average from 2010-14.

227 under-15s were killed or seriously injured during this period, from a total of 1,733 casualties in that age group.

CAPT road safety seminar, 2017 - London

Road Safety Seminar

Road safety, children and young people – innovation in tough times: what matters and what works?

The Government’s road safety statement – December 2015

The road safety statement  published on 21 December 2015 sets out the government’s vision, values and priorities for improving the safety of Britain’s roads. The statement describes the current context of road safety in Britain and the broad scope of road safety activity for the government. It covers road safety policy within Britain as governed by the Department for Transport.

Child road casualties rise

The wider content – road users of all ages

The number of road deaths, seriously injured (KSI) and total casualties all increased year on year in 2014, according to figures published by the Department for Transport (DfT) on 24 September 2015 in the 2014 annual report. Headline figures were previously published in June 2015.