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Child road deaths up 20%

Date: 29 June 2007

Child fatalities on Britain's roads were up by 20 per cent over 2006, it has been revealed.

Latest figures from the Department of Transport (DoT) show that 169 children died in motoring accidents during the last year compared with 141 in 2005.

Commenting on the figures, Edmund King of Make Roads Safe told Metro: "Children are much more likely to die in a road accident than from drugs or violent crime.

"It's shocking that, in line with global trends, road accidents are the number one killer in the 10-24 age group in the UK."

The DoT's statistics did, however, show that total road deaths were down by one per cent over 2005 although, according to Paul Smith of Safe Speed, the size of the reduction compares unfavourably with cuts in fatality numbers being achieved in other countries.

He said:" The fall of just under one per cent in road deaths is further damning evidence of policy failure.

"Most of our European neighbours are achieving falls of four per cent or more and we're entitled to at least that."

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