LITTLE Carl Sykes is nursing a broken foot after a lucky escape in a road accident.
And now his mum Michelle is backing a nationwide campaign to urge drivers to slow down.
She believes that had the driver in collision with Carl not slowed down as he did, her five-year-old son could have died.
Carl, a pupil at Honley Infants School, was hurt while playing with friends in Almondbury last month.
But the driver of the car who was in collision as Carl ran into the road had sensibly slowed down.
Mrs Sykes said: "Carl was with two friends and they both ran across the road to the field to play.
"I'm just so thankful that the driver saw those children, realised kids were playing in the area and slowed down to almost a crawl.
"His car caught Carl on his foot, but it could have been so much worse.
"I firmly believe that any drivers passing through areas where kids are playing should slow down at all times."
Carl, of Stoney Lane, Honley, has a pot on his leg and is unable to walk at the moment.
He also had to spend four days in hospital after an infection set in.
His escape echoes the current Department of Transport campaign, which shows the dramatic differences between injuries caused in a 40mph accident and those caused in a 30mph accident.
Mrs Sykes said: "We were at a friend's house in High Croft Crescent, Almondbury, and Carl rushed out to play with the other children.
"I have told him time and time again about not running into the road, but he was so excited.
"I am so grateful that the driver saw Carl's friends and slowed down.
"I was terrified when one of the girls came in and said there had been an accident and so relieved when I heard Carl crying and I knew he was not dead.
"The driver did all he could, even carrying Carl back into the house to wait for the ambulance.
"It certainly wasn't his fault and thank God he had the sense to slow down in an area where there are children."
A Department of Tran- sport spokesman said: "Our campaign illustrates why speed limits, and more specifically the 30mph limit, exist and the potentially fatal consequences of not abiding by them.
"The TV advertisements end with the line: `It's 30 for a reason'."
* You are more likely to kill a pedestrian driving at 40mph than 30mph.
* If you hit a pedestrian while driving at 20 mph, the pedestrian has a 95% chance of survival.
* If you hit an adult pedestrian while driving at 30mph, the survival chance is 80%.
* But if you hit a pedestrian while driving at 40mph, the pedestrian's chances of dying rises to 90% (this lowers to 80% for a child).