CHILDREN live in fear of speeding traffic, a new road safety survey in Huddersfield has revealed.
About four in every 10 children surveyed said they were frightened by roads when travelling on foot - and one in ten had been hit by a car.
Huddersfield-based road safety charity Brake released the results of the survey to coincide with National Road Safety Week, starting today.
The campaign theme is `Save the life of a child - slow down'.
Brake asked 1,500 children, aged seven to 14, what they thought about road safety.
The results show children are deeply concerned. Half said roads outside their schools were dangerous and half wanted a safer place to cross at school.
Some 59% of child pedestrians knew someone who had been killed or hurt in a crash, and 38% had nearly been hit by a car.
Brake chief executive Mary Williams said: "These survey findings are no surprise given our appalling record of child pedestrian fatalities and are terrible news for all parents who want a safe and happy environment for their children."
Mrs Williams said 83 child pedestrians were killed last year.
Parents' driving during the school run also came under fire - 37% of children said they had told an adult to slow down while they were a passenger in the car.
Department for Transport figures show 59% of drivers break 30mph limits in urban areas.
Statistics show that a child hit by a car travelling at 35mph is twice as likely to die than if the car was travelling at 30mph.
Wakefield MP David Hinchliffe, whose constituency includes Kirkburton and Denby Dale, said: "I hope all drivers will take note of the message behind this campaign. A few minutes on the time of a journey is a small price to pay for a child's life."