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Work to boost school road safety working

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 10, 2014

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IT is estimated that there are seven car crashes outside schools in Burton and South Derbyshire every year, according to new figures.

The statistics, collated by research body Road Safety Analysis, reveal that there has been no fall or rise compared to last year as the number remained exactly the same.

Around 30 per cent of these incidents had resulted in at least one child being injured – a drop of 10 per cent put down to work by council chiefs in both ares improving safety.

Dan Campsall, director of Road Safety Analysis, said: "Translating this wealth of data into something that is meaningful for parents, teachers and community leaders has its challenges.

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"However, it is important that these groups are able to understand the immediate road risks around their schools if they are going to work effectively to secure safer communities for children in the future."

In the past seven years, there have been a nearly 7,000 car crash casualties near schools in Derbyshire and a around 9,000 in Staffordshire.

Staffordshire County Council continues to work hard to reduce incidents outside schools by introducing of 20mph zones outside a host of schools across East Staffordshire.

Thomas Russell Infants' School, in Station Road, Barton under Needwood, is one site that has seen a vast fall in road issues since the introduction of a 20mph speed limit outside.

In South Derbyshire, a greater focus has been placed on improving signage outside schools and also creating enforceable waiting restrictions in a bid to keep cars away from the school gates.

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