‘Go safe – road safe’ to help save kids’ lives

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Scottish Road Safety Week aims to boost child road safety awareness. Saving children’s lives and making Scotland’s roads safer is the message at the heart of a week of activities starting today (May 4th).

The Scottish Road Safety Week (SRSW) will run from 4 to 10 May. While the week is aimed at raising the awareness of road safety across the country, it will focus particularly on keeping children safe, whether walking, cycling or in the car.

The number of people killed and injured on Scotland’s roads has fallen significantly in recent years, since the 2009 introduction of Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020. Figures for 2013, the most recent year available, show deaths and injuries were at the lowest levels since records began.

The distinctive approach taken in recent years is keeping on track the vision that everyone can Go Safe on Scotland’s Roads to 2020, and beyond. Clear targets were set for reducing casualties on the roads – backed up by action – and the most recent statistics available show an all-time low.

However, on Scotland’s roads in 2013 there were still 1,062 child casualties, 143 of whom were seriously injured, and nine died. That is nine too many, so steps must be taken to continue to reduce the number of children hurt and killed, and to do everything possible to keep children safe.

The 2015 Scottish Road Safety Week makes sure this message is at the forefront of peoples’ minds.