April 18 2012

Brake, the road safety charity, is calling for widespread 20mph limits in residential areas in a move that it says will help save children's lives.

The call follows a survey carried out by Brake and Churchill Car Insurance in which 90% of parents said that fast traffic poses a danger to families and children in their communities.

In the survey of 1,000 parents, 81% of respondents supported the introduction of 20mph speed limits around homes, schools and shops, and 74% said they would walk more if the safety of nearby roads was improved.

Brake is holding a 'Beep Beep!' road safety day in Guildford on 18 April, at which the parents of Harry Charlson, a three year-old run down and killed in Guildford, will join Brake's call for the introduction of 20mph limits.

The Beep Beep! Day at Guildford Children's Centre will teach young children basic road safety lessons through fun activities. It is part of a UK-wide initiative by Brake that involves hundreds of schools, nurseries and playgroups each year.

Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, said: "Together we can all take steps to prevent more children being hurt and killed, and to make our communities more family friendly places, where children and adults can walk without fear.

"Making a commitment to driving below 20mph around homes, schools and shops is a life-saving act that all drivers can do.

"At the same time, we're appealing to the government and local authorities to do more to protect children, particularly investing in more 20mph limits."