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Road Safety in School Zones

James is a Primary Teacher working through Protocol Education Nottingham. A recent accident near his school made him question whether enough is being done to make sure our school children get to and from school safely. Here are his thoughts...

Friday evening brought the sad news that a child had been struck by a car just metres from one of my regular schools. Following this news I began wondering if we are doing enough to protect school children on their way to and from school.

Around 170 children are killed each year on the UK’s roads, with over 5000 serious injuries also reported. Many of these are within 200 metres of schools. In my opinion the authorities are not doing enough to address this issue, with many areas yet to implement a mandatory 20mph speed limit around schools. In areas that do have a 20mph limit, little is done to enforce it – both in terms of speed cameras or police presence.

Around every school in the USA a mandatory 15mph speed limit is in place. To enforce this, each school has both a school marshal and police officer present for around 30 minutes before school starts and after school finishes. Surveys show that over 90% of motorists are happy with this policy in place to protect the children.

A further survey taken by the parents of some inner-city London pupils highlighted a secondary issue. Nearly all parents questioned stated that they would rather send their child to school by car or bus - because of the potential risk to their child if they walked to school among the busy traffic. This only adds to the current child obesity problem in the UK and also to carbon emission levels.

What are your thoughts on road safety in the UK? Does your school have any interesting methods of improving safety? Would our police forces have the resources and man-hours to enforce a 15-20mph speed limit?

I am sure everyone can agree that every death is one too many.

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