Mary has signed a pledge to improve road safety on UK roads.
The most recent figures reveal that there were 131 child pedestrian casualties on Wakefield’s roads, and progress in reducing the number of these accidents is below the national average.
Having signed the pledge, Mary is calling on everyone in Wakefield to take extra care over the summer holidays to make sure children are safe when they are out and about.
In 2015, 1,732 people were killed and a further 22,137 were reported to be seriously injured on the roads in Great Britain. By signing the PACTS and Direct Line pledge, Mary and her colleagues in Parliament are helping to spread the message that this is far too many – the aim should be zero.
Members of Parliament attended the PACTS and Direct Line Constituency Road Safety Dashboard reception in Parliament. The pledge committed to improving road safety in Wakefield and the wider UK.
Mary said: “The latest figures reveal that there were 131 child casualties on Wakefield’s roads, and progress in reducing these accidents is slower than the national average. I was delighted that my campaign for a crossing outside Flushdyke school earlier this year was successful, and I will continue to work to improve road safety. With the summer holidays under way, we need to keep our kids safe on the streets and take extra care while they’re out and about over the summer.”
The PACTS / Direct Line Constituency Road Safety Dashboard provides unique information about all parliamentary constituencies in Britain. It is updated each year. www.pacts.org.uk/dashboard