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Drivers watch out - children about
After the latest spell of
warm weather it raises everyone’s hopes that we may have a nice
summer after all.
It’s certainly going to be a busy one and that
means that there will be more children out and about, so drivers
please take care.
The summer sees more children riding their
bikes, playing on skateboards and enjoying the lighter nights but
they don’t always remember to check when they are near roads so it
is up to us to take extra care particularly after school and at the
The majority of road accidents involving
children happen between April and September and we all need to be
reminded about the risk of children playing in the streets.
Did you know for example that children of
primary school age find it difficult to judge the speed of vehicles
at all accurately?
95 Alive, the York and North Yorkshire Road
Safety Partnership, is asking all road users to drive or ride
with the safety of younger children in mind and be extra vigilant
around residential areas, parked cars, ice cream vans, junctions,
schools and play areas.
Speaking for the partnership, Andrew Santon,
Road Safety and Travel Awareness Officer said: “Despite their best
intentions children will run into the road, and as adults we need
to anticipate this."
Further information and help for parents in
teaching your children to cross the road safely is available from
Please, kill your speed not a child.