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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstories ... -19376668/

ROADS CLAIM 169 KIDS' LIVES
Up 20% in a year

By Louisa Pilbeam 29/06/2007

MORE children than ever are being killed on our roads, new figures show.

Statistics released yesterday revealed 20 per cent more under-15s died last year than in 2005 - up from 141 to 169. And 71 were pedestrians, up 13 per cent, according to the Department for Transport.

Road safety groups begged new Premier Gordon Brown to take radical action.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents called the figures "appalling".

Its road safety head Kevin Clinton said: "The figures are disastrous. There is a real need to make roads safer so they can walk and cycle without fear.

"Our message to Gordon Brown is that road safety must be a priority and become a fundamental part of education, health and environmental policy as well as transport."

He called for more 20mph zones, a lower drink-drive limit and better driver training.

Robert Gifford, head of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, said: "There is much more we need to do through risk education, better cycling and walking facilities and 20mph zones."

Paul Smith, founder of SafeSpeed, said the DfT "has got it wrong in spades and must be held accountable".

The DfT said: "The number of children killed or badly hurt has been halved since the mid-90s. But any fatality or injury is one too many and we are continually striving to reduce casualties further."

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