Over 1000 children injured every month during school runs
Posted: September 27, 2014
Posted in: Public Place Accidents Road Traffic Accidents
New figures have revealed that every month around 1,100 children suffer serious and fatal injuries on their way to and from school. Road Safety Analysis carried out the research, with figures showing that one third of all child deaths and serious injury happens during the school run times. These times cover between 7:30am and 9:00am, and between 3:00pm and 4:30pm from Monday to Friday.
The figures from 2011/12 found there to have been more than 800 serious and fatal injuries suffered by children during the ‘school run’ times. It is believed that now around 1,100 children suffer injury during these times – only taking into account accidents that occurred within 500 yards of the school gates.
£1,000 fine and 3 penalty points
To help combat this problem, School Crossing Patrol Officers (lollypop supervisors) have been employed at the main crossing points at many schools across the country. If a driver fails to stop for a School Crossing Patrol Officer they will expect to be fined up to £1,000 and can lose three penalty points. Motorists can also be disqualified from driving if they commit this offence. The Highway Code additionally states, in Rule 184, that motorists must drive slowly near schools and nurseries.
This problem has been highlighted as a particular threat in bad weather conditions. Poor visibility and the slippery road surfaces can make school runs “even more risky”.
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