Parents ‘set poor safety example’
February 10, 2011 2 Comments
Parents are setting their children a poor example when it comes to road safety, according to a recent survey.
Around 10% of parents know a child who has been knocked down in a road accident, the poll by car insurance company Admiral found.
Yet a third of parents, and nearly 10% of children, admit crossing the road while talking on phones, texting or listening to an iPod/MP3 player.
The survey also showed that 42% of the 1,317 parents questioned, and 18% of the 1,000 children aged seven-12 who were polled, did not follow the Green Cross Code when crossing roads.
This is despite the fact that 85% of parents reckoned the roads had got busier and that 70% of them felt drivers were going faster.
In addition, 61% of parents felt motorists were now less considerate to pedestrians than when they were children.
The survey also revealed that 18% of children argue with their parents because their parents worry about them crossing the road by themselves.