Last year 14,254 children were killed or injured on British roads. That’s an average of 39 children – more than a classroom full – dying or suffering injuries as a result of road crashes every day.
This year’s Road Safety Week, coordinated with the support of the Department for Transport (DfT), and sponsored by Specsavers, is encouraging everyone to ‘Step up for Safe Streets’. The Week will focus on how everyone can ‘step up’ and do their bit for road safety. There will be an emphasis on encouraging people to learn about, shout about and celebrate the design solutions that can enable everyone to get around in a safe and healthy way, every day.
Everyone who registers will have access to resources which support projects, lessons and workshops. These include whole-school assembly slides, lesson plans, fact sheets and activity sheets that explore how designing safer roads and vehicles prevent crashes. Pupils and students will be able to create and make their own road safety posters, videos and plays, explore whether streets are safe near them and look at whether changes in vehicle and road designs have made journeys safer and healthier.