Safer roads see fewer chil­dren se­ri­ously hurt

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - HE­LEN JOHN­SON

THE num­ber of chil­dren se­ri­ously in­jured on the bor­ough’s roads has dra­mat­i­cally re­duced over the past 16 years.

Look­ing at ev­ery age group, the num­bers of road ca­su­al­ties have been re­duc­ing in the bor­ough, down 73 per cent, from 1,333 in 2000 to 365 in 2016.

Fig­ures also show that, be­tween 2001 and 2003, there were 60 child ca­su­al­ties, com­pared to 22 be­tween 2014 and 2016 – a 63 per cent re­duc­tion.

Coun­cil leader Richard Far­nell said he wel­comed the news that num­bers are re­duc­ing:

He said:“These re­duc­tions have been helped by the in­tro­duc­tion of 20mph speed lim­its around all schools in the bor­ough, us­ing sign­ing and traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures along with our con­tin­u­ing pro­gramme to make as many mi­nor roads and new es­tates, 20mph zones.

“One ca­su­alty is of course too many, so we will be car­ry­ing on this work and hope to see fur­ther re­duc­tions.”

The statis­tics have been pub­lished by Trans­port for Greater Manch­ester from data sup­plied by Greater Manch­ester Po­lice.

Coun­cil­lor Far­nell added: “We all have a role to play to en­sure our roads are safer and the num­ber of ac­ci­dents and in­juries on our roads are re­duced.

“The coun­cil play a ma­jor part but I also ask res­i­dents and road users to play their part too by tak­ing on board the in­for­ma­tion around road safety aware­ness and ad­her­ing to road safety law, par­tic­u­larly around speed lim­its and not us­ing a mo­bile phone whilst driv­ing.”

Coun­cil leader Richard Far­nell wel­comed the fig­ures

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