New app shows dangerous school roads

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 September 2013

Dangerous roads in North Somerset have been identified

Dangerous roads in North Somerset have been identified

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A TOTAL of 20 children have been either killed or seriously injured near a North Somerset school in the past six years, according to a recent survey.

A new app, released by insurance company AXA, has revealed the most dangerous areas for child pedestrians.

According to the statistics, from 2006-2011, 20 children were killed or seriously injured and 209 children received injuries within a 500-metre radius of a school in North Somerset.

Collisions outside schools have also resulted in 118 adults being killed or seriously injured, and 1,313 injured.

Among the most dangerous roads listed on the company’s road safety index were those near Walliscote Primary School, which saw 102 collisions and nine child casualties, and Hans Price Academy, which saw 78 collisions and 14 child casualties.

The app also highlighted the roads around Mead Vale Primary School, which saw 47 collisions and 16 child casualties, and the area of Ashbrooke House, which saw 79 collisions and 11 child casualties.

AXA designed the app to give residents, parents, schools and local governments a better understanding of their immediate area.

James Barclay of AXA Car Insurance, said: “Child road safety is of paramount importance to everyone in Britain so the more that can be done to understand the facts, and therefore adapt infrastructure or education methods, the better.”

Dan Campsall, director of Road Safety Analysis, said: “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.”

A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “North Somerset is currently in the lowest 10 local authorities for child road casualties per 1,000 population.

“As a local authority we offer a programme of child pedestrian and Bikeability cycle training to all schools and we use the casualty data we collect from the police to direct our capital local safety scheme.

“In 2012 there were 38 children, up to the age of 16, injured in road accidents of which 19 were pedestrians.

“At Hans Price we are putting in new crossing facilities as part of the Weston Package works, at Walliscote Primary School we have recently installed a new zebra crossing and at Mead Vale we are shortly going out to consultation on a new 20mph zone.”

To see the new app, visit www.axainsurancezone.com/localroadsafetyindex

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