Motorists reminded to take extra care with students returning to Peterborough schools

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With many students in Peterborough returning to school on Monday (September 7) motorists are being reminded to take extra care on their journey to and from work.

Clair George, senior road safety officer at Peterborough City Council and the SaferPeterborough Partnership, said: “We know road traffic collisions are the biggest cause of accidental death amongst 12 to 16 year-olds.

“Nine children aged 16 and under were seriously injured and 62 slightly injured on Peterborough roads in 2014.

“Some students will be walking to school for the first time without an adult, and with this greater independence comes more responsibility.

“Young people can be easily distracted when using the roads; this can be talking to friends, listening to music or using a mobile phone. Please take extra care if you are a driver or a pedestrian.”

Child pedestrians are most at risk before and after school hours - at 8am and between 3pm and 6pm - with a peak at 3pm.

The SaferPeterborough Partnership will be distributing various road safety information materials and advice to all primary and secondary schools in the city, as well as delivering different activities throughout the academic year.

Motorists are also being reminded it is against the law not to stop for a school crossing patroller.

Courts have the power to levy fines of up to £1,000 add points to a driving licence and impose bans on driver who fail to stop.

If you are a parent or carer of a student and what to learn more about road safety advice please visit the Department for Transport website.

Younger pupils can explore the Tales of The Road website which contains games, clips and information on how to stay safe on the roads.

SaferPeterborough is a community safety partnership made up of local organisations who work together to reduce crime and the fear of crime in Peterborough.