According to recent research, the number of children injured in road accidents during the morning rush hour has decreased significantly, from 344 between January to June 2008 to 228 in the same months this year. It has been suggested that this may be due to the current recession.
David Green, the chief executive of MTA, specialist lawyers in personal injury, has stated that “the school run is one of the most dangerous times of the day to drive.” With parents fearing for their children’s safety – if they were left to walk to school alone – many parents had included the school run in their morning routine before racing the traffic on their own way to work. Driving under pressure and while distracted had increased the amount of road accidents during the morning hours.
As fuel prices increase within the economic climate, many parents have now been forced to tighten the purse strings. This has led to a considerable number of parents walking their children to school instead.
The most recent figures from the Department of Transport have revealed that the number of children killed or suffering serious personal injury has decreased by 9% on the previous year.