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Motorists urged to heed children’s safety during summer

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3:27pm 28th May 2012

Motorists are urged to be extra vigilant when driving through residential areas in the coming summer months in order to avoid accidents when children are playing in the streets.

As the evenings get lighter and the weather improves more children play out and ride their bikes, especially after school. The majority of road accidents involving children happen between April and September and all drivers need to take heed of the risk.

Children of primary school age find it difficult to judge the speed of vehicles accurately so 95 Alive, the York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership, is asking all road users to drive with the safety of younger children in mind.  They are asked to take especial care when driving around residential areas, parked cars, ice cream vans, junctions, schools and play areas.

County councillor Gareth Dadd, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Road Safety said:

“As adults we need to anticipate that children will run into the road without taking heed when they’re in the middle of playing.  We need to drive with a little more caution, especially in residential areas, in order to help keep children safe.”

Further information and help for parents in teaching children to cross the road safely is available from www.roadwise.co.uk

"Please, Kill your speed – not a child."

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