Schoolchildren took to the streets today in a national day of action to raise awareness of road safety, as horrifying statistics surrounding traffic deaths and injuries were highlighted.
More than 63,000 children of primary age took part in Brake’s Kids Walk with Shaun the Sheep, as 45 children are killed or injured every day on roads across the UK.
In 2018 14,254 children were involved in road traffic accidents, a shocking 58% of road fatalities occurred to pedestrians under the age of 15.[i]
Children are exposed to the dangers of the road every time they step out of their homes, none more so than on their journey to and from school. 98% of 5-10-year olds are usually accompanied to school by an adult and only 57% of 11-16-year olds usually have an adult companion on their journey.
It is imperative that both teachers and parents educate their children about the dangers of the roads.