It’s Road Safety Week next week.
Year 4 have been looking at the dangers associated with roads and the ways to avoid any unnecessary risks when using them. Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event and it happens every year.
We looked at two very different streets and thought about whether we could make safe and healthy journeys on these streets.
We discussed the following statistics:
- Around the world, more than 1.3 million people are killed on roads every year
- Road crashes are the single biggest killer of young people aged 5-29, worldwide
- 48 children under the age of 15 were killed on roads in Britain in 2018
- 2363 children under the age of 15 were killed or seriously injured on roads in Britain in 2018
That means that more than six children under the age of 15 are killed or seriously injured EVERY DAY on roads in Britain. About a third of people of all ages who are killed on roads in Britain are people who are walking or cycling.
One reason that people get hurt on roads is that too often roads are designed for traffic not for people.
We looked at safe places to cross and gave advice on how to keep safe when crossing the road:
- Always find a safe place to cross the road.
- Always hold the hand of an adult, or sensible person, when crossing the road.
- Never cross the road between parked cars.
- Always wait for the green man AND check it is safe to cross.