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Britain's first Road Safety Index is launched

30 August 2013

As part of the Axa RoadSafe Schools campaign - a collaborative initiative between AXA and the organisations RoadSafe, Road Safety Analysis, Brake, The Good Schools Guide, The Children’s Trust, Colas Ltd, CAPT and others - Britain's first Road Safety Index has been launched as children return to school. 

It's aim is to help parents better understand the risks associated with the roads around their local schools to keep their children safe.

Figures used as part of the Index reveals that more than half-a-million collisions have taken place on local roads within a 500 metre radius of British schools in the past six years, resulting in 85,000 child casualties.

The Index provides parents, schools and local authorities with the information they need to understand how safe – or not – their local roads are. It will also help to develop and tailor road safety education while determining the specific road infrastructure required – such as speed bumps, crossings or other road calming measures - to further reduce collisions and casualties.

James Barclay of AXA Car Insurance, commented, “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. The Local Road Safety Index is a big step towards being able to truly understand how the infrastructure within local areas around schools needs to be developed to make roads safer for children.” 

For the full press release please click here.

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