More injury risk for kids in poor areas

* Children in poor areas at greater risk on roads * Applies whether they're pedestrians or cyclists * Children 'more exposed' in deprived areas...

02 April 2008

More injury risk for kids in poor areas

Children who live in deprived areas are more likely to be hurt in traffic accidents than those who are not, a new study has revealed.

Based on NHS admissions, the study shows that children from poorer areas are four times more likely to be seriously injured as pedestrians, and three times more likely as cyclists.

The report was conducted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and it found that despite child deaths declining over the past 20 years, inequalities remain.

The report team's leader, Dr Phil Edwards, said: 'Reducing both the speed and the volume of traffic would make our roads safer for your pedestrians and cyclists, particularly in more deprived areas, where pedestrians are more exposed.'