Crashes on the school run are on the increase

The Nottingham Post is reporting that accidents on the school run are also on the up in the longer term locally, with the number in 2015 being 4.7% higher than the average yearly figure between 2010 and 2014.

Sonya Hurt, Team Manager for Road Safety with Via East Midlands, which manages highways services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We support 20mph zones outside schools as they highlight the need to slow down and drive carefully at school times.

“We also continue to provide road safety education in our schools and ensure any accident cluster is investigated and dealt with appropriately.”

Across the whole of Britain, 3,452 people crashed on the school run in 2015, down by four per cent when compared to the 3,607 in 2014. Of this number in 2015, 297 crashes resulted in serious injury while eight were fatal compared with 399 serious injuries and 10 fatal injuries in 2014.

Drivers can get distracted by children when they are on the school run. An American study called The Role of Driver Distraction in Traffic Crashes found that during an average three hours of driving time, 13% of drivers were distracted by having a child in the car.

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Comments

  1. fsrec

    SchoolsImprove local councils should have traffic wardens starting their day at the local schools ticketing the risk takers flying about.

  2. MikesuziNZ SchoolsImprove Really.   Pupils who live more than a set number of miles from their nearest school get free transport paid for by local taxpayers.

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