DRIVERS are being asked to slow down for children this summer to prevent holiday tragedies on the roads.
More children are out and about, on foot or on bikes, enjoying their freedom yet many parents are worried for their children’s safety on the roads.
Kirklees Council’s Highway Safety team is urging drivers to be more alert on residential roads. Drivers have a responsibility to watch out for children and should slow down near play areas.
A child pedestrian is four times more likely to die when hit at 40mph than 30mph.
Driving under the 30mph limit is better but even at 20mph, a driver needs three car lengths to stop to avoid hitting a child who runs out in front of them.
In 2011, 2,000 children were killed or seriously injured on UK roads. The majority (82%) were on foot or bicycle.
Clr Cathy Scott, Cabinet member for Streetscene, said: “Parents should teach their children how to cross the road safely and warn them of the dangers when out playing but drivers should also play their part and acknowledge that speed limits are a maximum and not a ‘must do’.