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Accidents ‘near schools’ increase

Accidents ‘near schools’ increase

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The proportion of road casualty incidents within 500 metres of schools is on the increase, according to a survey.

Excluding London, the Lancashire areas of Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen have the highest rates of child casualties close to schools, the survey showed.

From insurance company Axa and the Road Safety Analysis organisation, the survey revealed that in the period 2011 to 2013:

:: 69% of all child road casualty accidents occurred within 500 metres of a school;

:: There were 201 road accidents involving a child near a school every week;

:: Cycling casualties near schools increased by 13%;

:: There were 257 cycling collisions near a school every week.

The two companies said the proportion of non-motorway road casualties involving incidents close to schools rose from 56% in the years 2008 to 2010 to 58% in the years 2011 to 2013.

Two areas of Lancashire were found to have the highest rates of child casualties close to schools © Provided by Press Association Two areas of Lancashire were found to have the highest rates of child casualties close to schools None of the statistics included London.

The area with the highest proportion of child road casualties (deaths, serious injuries and slight injuries) in 2011 to 2013 was Blackpool, with an annual rate of one casualty per 405 people.

Second was Blackburn with Darwen (one per 467 people), followed by Grimsby (one per 504), Liverpool (one per 515) and Portsmouth (one per 530).

Based on all road casualties within 500 metres of schools in 2011 to 2013, the “worst” area was Portsmouth (one casualty per 405 people) followed by Kingston upon Hull (one per 416) and Brighton and Hove (one per 426).

Under the same criteria, Portsmouth also had the highest proportion of cycling casualties (one per 1,233 people) followed again by Kingston upon Hull (one per 1,596) and Brighton and Hove (one per £1,872).

Axa car insurance spokesman James Barclay said: “Local road safety is high on the agenda of every household. Nobody wants to hear about any child or adult injured let alone anybody who is killed as a result of a road incident.

“We firmly believe that by releasing data users will have a real understanding of the risk associated with their local roads.”

Road Safety Analysis director Richard Owen said: “Compiling data and information is one thing, but putting meaning behind it and helping to develop ways in which more lives can be saved is something very powerful.”

Separate figures for London alone showed the UK capital was the only region in which the actual number of collisions near schools had risen in the period 2011 to 2013.

Axa said that, between 2008 and 2010, there were a total of 69,950 injury-causing collisions on non-motorway roads in the London area, with 86% (59,900) of these occurring within 500 metres of a school.

In comparison, the period 2011 to 2013 has seen an increase in this number, with a total of 71,119 collisions, of which 61,024 occurred within 500 metres of a school.

Cycling casualty figures near schools in 2011 to 2013 were 26% higher than between 2008 and 2010.

Axa said that, of the London boroughs, Westminster had t he highest number of collisions near schools in 2011 to 2013, with an annual rate of one casualty (killed, seriously injured or slightly injured) per 176 people.

Second was Kensington (one per 225) and third Tower Hamlets (one per 257).

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