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Thousands Of Pupils Hurt On Roads Near Schools
More than 1,000 children a month are being injured on roads near schools in Britain, according to new figures.
There were 85,814 child casualties on roads in a 500-metre radius around UK schools between 2006 and 2011, the equivalent of 1,190 a month, statistics from Axa Car Insurance and the research body Road Safety Analysis showed.
Some 20% of schools reported no child casualties during the period.
The figures also showed there were 557,200 vehicle collisions around schools during the six-year period, the equivalent of six collisions per school per year on average.
These collisions included any incident reported to police involving any vehicle on a local road. Some did not result in injuries.
The top area for collisions was London, which accounted for 13% of total child casualties and 22% of collisions.
Looking at cities with more than 100 schools, excluding London, Liverpool had the highest number of road injuries (deaths, serious injuries and slight injuries) around schools, followed by Nottingham, Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester.
Again excluding London, the city with the most serious incidents (deaths and serious injuries) was Nottingham, followed by Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester.
Taking all collisions, including non-injury ones, into account, the school area with the most collisions was Nottingham, followed by Manchester, Liverpool and Leicester.
The area with the most child injuries was Manchester, followed by Liverpool, Bradford and Oldham.
Among the lowest child casualty areas were Swansea and Cardiff.
Axa and Road Safety Analysis have now launched a local road safety index, showing which areas have the best safety records.
The figures include collisions during school holidays, and the child casualty numbers do not necessarily refer to pupils at that particular school.
Road Safety Analysis director Dan Campsall said: "Translating this wealth of data into something that is meaningful for parents, teachers and community leaders has its challenges.
"However, it is important that these groups are able to understand the immediate road risks around their local schools if they are going to work effectively to secure safer communities for children in the future.
"The data can be used to support changes in local road safety education as well as the road environment, therefore helping to further safeguard pupils across the country."