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Child road accidents up by 15%.

Byline: PATRICK SCOTT patrick.scott@trinitymirror.com

THE number of children hurt in road accidents on Teesside rose by 15% last year.

An analysis of road safety data from the Department for Transport has revealed a worrying increase in young people being hurt on the roads in our area - contrary to the national trend.

In 2015 as many as 137 children aged 15 or younger were hurt in road accidents on Teesside, although thankfully none died as a result of their injuries.

This is an increase of 15.1% when compared with the 119 children who were hurt in 2014.

Middlesbrough saw the largest increase within the area with numbers up by 33% to 53 last year while Stockton was second with a 13% increase to 51.

In Redcar and Cleveland, incidents dipped 3% to 33.

Across Teesside the number of very young children being injured in road accidents was up by 27% last year with 76 children aged 10 or under hurt in 2015.

These increases on Teesside are all the more concerning due to the fact that numbers are going in the opposite direction nationally.

Across the whole of Britain 16,101 children aged 15 or younger were hurt in road accidents last year, down 4% compared to the number in 2014 and 9% compared to the average of the previous five years.

Fifty-four children died in road accidents in 2015, up by one compared to 2014 but not as high as in 2011 and 2012 when 60 and 61 children died respectively.

The number of children aged 10 and under getting hurt on the roads has also fallen nationally, down by 4.3% to 8,601 in 2015.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 22, 2016
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