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Parents 'support slower traffic'

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Three-quarters of parents want greater efforts to be made to reduce traffic speeds around schools and community areas, research has found.

Road safety charity Brake said 83% of 2,000 people it surveyed were concerned about the safety risk to children from speeding vehicles.

Three in 10 think children on streets face greater risk from fast drivers here in the UK than most countries in Europe. Brake said 91% of people want to see cars go slower on roads in their local area.

The charity urged motorists driving in communities to not exceed 20mph. It would increase the safety of children and help drivers avoid accidents that can result in unnecessary car insurance claims.

Brake campaigns director Julie Townsend said: "We're also calling on local authorities to follow the lead of places like Portsmouth and put in place more widespread 20mph limits, which are a cost-effective way to help make our communities safer, healthier, and more family-friendly places."

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning called for collective efforts to cut road casualties further and cement the country's stature as one of the safest to drive in.

© Press Association 2011