Thousands of kids march
for safer roads
More than 63,000 kids are taking to their streets today to raise awareness of the need for safer journeys as 45 children are killed or injured every day on roads across the UK.
Children, aged between four and 11, are taking part in Brake’s Kids Walk with Shaun the Sheep. The national project sees Shaun and his flock help youngsters learn key road safety messages and call on grown ups to make roads safer so more children can enjoy the health and planet-saving benefits of walking.
To coincide with the launch of the walk, road safety charity Brake has highlighted the true extent of child casualties on the nation's roads.
Latest official figures show that 16,566 children were killed or injured on roads in the UK in 2017. This means that, on average, 45 children die or suffer injuries as a result of road crashes every single day.
Department for Transport (DfT) figures show that 14,226 children were killed or injured on roads in England in 2017, while Welsh Government statistics reveal there were 577 child road casualties during the same period.
Transport Scotland say that 899 children were killed or injured on roads in Scotland in 2017, and numbers were similar for Northern Ireland, which reports 864 child road casualties in the same year.
More than 63,000 children from nearly 400 schools and nurseries are taking part in Brake's Kids Walk, calling for five measures to help keep children safe near roads: footpaths, cycle paths, safe places to cross, slow traffic and clean traffic.
Short, supervised walks are taking place today and all week at or around schools and nurseries. Children will walk in a crocodile formation and hold hands to highlight the importance of being able to walk without fear or threat from traffic.
Some schools are teaming up with their local fire service or police. Schools can also run special road-safety-themed assemblies, lessons and activities, using free resources featuring Shaun the Sheep and his friends.
The event can be used to fundraise for Brake, which supports families who have lost loved ones in road crashes.