Sunday 26 January 2020

Child road death toll falls more than a third

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

The number of children killed and injured in road accidents has fallen by more than a third, according to a new study.

There were 3,659 deaths between 2004-2008 compared to 5,928 between 1996-2000, the study by Temple Street Hospital in Dublin and the Road Safety Authority found.

The findings related to road and traffic collisions on public roads that were investigated by gardai.

The overall cut in accident deaths was 36pc and the biggest fall was in cycling incidents, with fatalities falling by 76pc.

There was a 68pc fall in cyclist injuries. In the later years none of the fatalities involved children under the age of 10 years. In two of the cases, children were wearing helmets and both suffered minor injuries.

The study found that car passenger fatalities among children fell by 38pc from 69 to 44. Most of the children had been in the rear passenger seat.

Paediatrician Prof Alf Nicholson said: "Policy changes and concerted publicity campaigns in the intervening period have had a significant impact. It is vital that this safety message continues."

Irish Independent

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