Report revealing hundreds of accidents near Mid Devon schools is slammed by road safety bosses (From Mid Devon Star)
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Report revealing hundreds of accidents near Mid Devon schools is slammed by road safety bosses
8:54am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
More than 400 collisions took place within a 500m radius of schools in Mid Devon between 2006-11 according to the statistics compiled by the Road Safety Analysis (RSA) research body in collaboration with Axa Car Insurance.
Safer travel strategic officer for Devon Nigel Flower said the data was unreliable and could not be acted on.
He told The Star: “The concept is a nice idea but unfortunately the way they have carried it out means they have huge great holes in their data.
“They are talking about collisions close to schools but they haven’t picked out the time of day children are travelling to school or the days of the week, and they haven’t filtered the age of the children, so these collisions will not necessarily have anything to do with the school. It is not as good as it could be.”
He added: “We have limited resources, so we have to work on an evidence base, and we like evidence, but it needs to be reliable.”
The road safety team carries out its own assessment of child casualties and says the figures have been dropping for the last five years.
AXA’s online service, launched this week, lists roads near St Andrew’s Primary School in Cullompton and Heathcoat Primary School and The Castle Primary School in Tiverton as the most dangerous in Mid Devon with 119 collisions in which 20 children, 36 pedestrians and 11 cyclists were hurt.
St Andrew’s head teacher Bryan White said: “I am not aware of any incidents that have happened at the beginning and end of the school day since I have been head teacher at St Andrew’s.
“But there have been a few near misses with children running across roads and cars parking in places that has made it difficult for children to cross.”
He added: “As a school, we educate our children through assemblies, class activities, Bikeability training etc.
“I know parents are also modelling good practice by showing children how to cross the road and ride safely on the roads.”
Dan Campsall, AXA’s director of road safety analysis, said: “It is important parents, teachers and community leaders 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.”
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