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Sunderland primary pupils urge for safer roads

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6:06am 13th June 2018
(Updated 10:05am 13th June 2018)

A week after Hill View Junior Academy in Sunderland called in the police, to deal with parking conflicts between parents and residents around the school.

And thousands of North East children will march for safer roads today.

The parking at Queen Alexandra Road in Sunderland becomes congested due to both Hill View Primary Academy and Southmoor Academy having gates opening onto the road, and staff at the Sunderland Eye Infirmary being accused of using the available road parking to avoid paying for a space on the hospital site.

Alexandra Road Grangetown Sunderland

A new study shows 14 youngsters from our region are killed or injured every week, with County Durham having the largest number of child road casualties - with 166 fatalities or wounded every year.

100 thousand pupils across the UK taking part in Brake's "Kids Walk" to call for key measures to make roads safer.

Dave Nichols is from the charity.

Just last week a 14 year old girl was involved in a collision during the school run in Sunderland.

Emergency services were outside The North East Autism Society's Thornhill Park School, Thornholme Unit.

rtc st anthonys

The teenager was taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries, after receiving treatment at the scene by emergency services.

The driver of the Nissan Micra vehicle involved was uninjured.

Sunderland City Council have invested in a car to monitor parking around the city's schools to help ensure safe crossing for our youngsters, and have installed 20mph zones around education facilities.

20 mph zones

Latest Department for Transport (DfT) figures show that 702 children were killed or injured on roads in the North East in 2016, Sunderland saw more than 50 youngsters killed or injured on the roads in that year.
 
Schools and nurseries from across the region are uniting with Brake's Kids Walk, calling for five measures to help keep them safe: footpaths, cycle paths, safe places to cross, slow traffic and clean traffic.

Short, supervised walks are taking place today and all week at or around schools and nurseries, including at Barmston Village Primary School in Washington.

Children will walk in a crocodile formation and hold hands to highlight the importance of being able to walk without fear or threat from traffic.

Some schools are teaming up with their local fire service or police.
 
Schools can also run special road safety-themed assemblies, lessons, and activities, using resources provided for free by Brake and Co-op Insurance.

The event can be used to fund raise for the charity, which supports families who have lost loved ones in road crashes.

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