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Friday 23rd October 2009

Wide-ranging report confirms risks faced by children in deprived areas

A report from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has concluded that child pedestrians from the most deprived areas remain four times more likely to be killed or injured than those from wealthier districts.

The report,  Improving Road Safety For Pedestrians And Cyclists In Great Britain, said the DfT should give priority to targeted road safety schemes in the areas with the highest levels of child pedestrian casualties.

It also said that  irresponsible behaviour is making some cyclists a hazard to themselves and other road users. The Public Accounts Committee said the DfT should devise education, training and publicity measures to target this anti-social behaviour.

The report also called for schemes to reduce speed and added that there was 'substantial evidence' that there would be fewer road casualties if Britain put its clocks forward one hour throughout the year.

Click here to read the full Guardian news release.



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