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Teenagers may be getting road safety message—at last

PUBLISHED: 13:16 28 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:24 05 October 2010

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FEWER teenagers are being killed or seriously injured on London’s roads, according to latest figures from City Hall. There were 367 casualties last year, compared to 393 in 2007 and 675 in 2000

FEWER teenagers are being killed or seriously injured on London’s roads, according to latest figures from the highways authorities.

The number of casualties among youngsters aged 13 to 19 has dropped for the second year running, Transport for London revealed today.

There were 367 casualties last year, compared to 393 in 2007 and 675 in 2000.

Road safety among the young is improving across the capital, including the six East London boroughs which recorded 82 serious accidents involving teenagers, seven fewer than the year before, 20 fewer than 2006 and 57 fewer than 2004.

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The East London borough with the highest casualty rate among teenagers last year was Havering, with 18, followed by Redbridge with 14, Hackney and Newham 12 each, Tower Hamlets 11, Waltham Forest nine and Barking & Dagenham six.

TfL is driving its annual road safety campaign this week, targeting younger teenagers seen as vulnerable with their growing independence’ and travelling to school on their own before they have developed the skills to recognise the risks on the roads.

The campaign includes stencilled images painted on roads (pictured) posters showing young actors who appear to be against a wall—but a second glance reveals them to be lying on the road after a road accident.


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