Children from a Welsh primary school are pushing their campaign to get car speeds down for their own safety.
With astonishing figures of approximately one in eight, nine to 13-year-old children struck by cars in Wales, it’s clear to see why their concerns are growing rapidly.
Welsh school children expressed their fears in a survey conducted by road safety charity, Brake, as a part of road safety week.
Brake found that children were deeply concerned about speedy motorists close to home and school.
The primary school in Cardiff is the hub of the growing campaign, after 192 children were seriously injured and 11 killed on Welsh roads in 2009.
The survey results shows that a staggering 72% of children asked, felt that roads near their home and school were dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.
Angie Smith, from Wenvoe, Cardiff, lost her 16-year-old following a car crash and will do everything she can to prevent similar tragedies in the future.
“I’m supporting road safety week in memory of Kyle and backing Brake’s calls for drivers to slow down – staying within limits and cutting your speed to 20mph around schools and homes could save a child’s life, and it will cost you nothing,” Angie explained.
“If all drivers in Wales made this pledge, our communities would be safer places, and we would help to prevent other families going through the agony we’ve been through.”
The survey also revealed that 90% of traffic outside homes and schools was too fast, with 12% struck by a vehicle whilst cycling or walking.
Brake’s campaigns officer, Joel Hickman, believes that simple changes can make things safer for everyone.
“All drivers have a part to play in making our roads safer for children, and one of the best ways we can do this is to slow down to 20mph or below around schools and homes,” he said.
“If you do, you have a good chance of being able to stop in time if a child runs out in front of you, and you’re helping to make our communities greener, more pleasant, and more family friendly.
“Children in Wales understand the need for traffic to slow down, and are appealing to drivers to make this simple commitment during road safety week.”
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