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Call to lower pedestrian death rate

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Britain needs to do more to prevent the deaths of children on the roads after it was found to come way behind some other countries in terms of young pedestrian safety, it has been suggested.

The National Audit Office (NAO) said the Government needs to start by setting separate targets for those killed and those seriously injured on the roads.

The Improving Road Safety For Pedestrians And Cyclists In Great Britain report said the Department for Transport (DfT) needs to work with a number of different organisations to meet its road safety objectives after Britain ranked 17th for child pedestrian deaths.

The NAO said that despite the DfT being on track to meet its 2010 road safety targets and Britain being fifth overall for the least number of road deaths per head of population internationally, it was only 11th out of 24 in the developed Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries for pedestrian deaths.

However, out of 14 European countries in 2006, Britain had the fourth least cyclist deaths. The number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on Britain's roads fell from 2000 to 2004 but rose by 11% from 2004 to 2007.

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