The UK has one of the worst child pedestrian death rates in Western Europe

Traffic is one of the biggest killers of children and young people. In fact, it is the biggest killer of 15-19 year-olds, and the second biggest killer of children aged 5-14

Children - pedestrians

The facts

  • In 2007 on average 37 children under 16 were killed or seriously injured every week on roads in Great Britain
  • Most children under 9 can't judge how fast vehicles are going or how far away they are
  • The risk of a child pedestrian being involved in a road accident rises when they start school and then rises again when children start secondary school


Quad bikes and mini-motos

For some children, miniature motorcycles, miniature quad bikes and scooters are the current ‘must-have’ toys. But although they might seem like a bit of fun, they are in fact powerful machines, which can kill or seriously injure the children who use them.
The bikes, which are powered by an electric motor or engine are, in law, lightweight powered motor vehicles. They can be extremely powerful for their size and are capable of traveling at speeds up to 60mph. It is incredible that children younger than two years have been involved in very serious incidents on such vehicles. Children not much older than this are actually driving the machines themselves.