Nottinghamshire County Council is reminding motorists to take extra care on the roads as children begin to play out in the evenings after the clocks went forward an hour this morning (Sunday).
“It’s that time of year when the county’s children traditionally start to come out of hibernation, as it were,” says Pam Shaw, the County Council’s road safety manager.
“They’ve spent the winter months cooped up indoors and with the arrival of the lighter evenings will be raring to be off and out, making the most of that extra daylight.
“Initially it’ll be light until nearly 8pm and getting progressively later quite quickly as the weeks go by. That means there will, naturally, be an increase in the number of children out playing and road users need to take extra care, not only on main roads but, especially, in built-up residential areas.”
In recent years child road casualties have decreased, although 416 children were injured on Nottinghamshire’s roads between 2006-10, of which 62 were serious or fatal.
Significantly, 10 per cent of child road casualties occur in April, rising to 12.5 per cent in May and 56 per cent occur between 3pm and 8pm in the evening.
Motorists are advised to be aware of children using roads, both as cyclists and as pedestrians, and watch out for children playing around parks and open spaces and remember that they can become easily distracted