Kent Police record increase in child road casualties

The number of children killed or injured on Kent's roads has increased over the past 12 months, new figures show.

Police said 57 children had been injured so far this financial year compared with 49 for 2009/10.

Officers said they would crack down on motorists breaking the law in problem areas and offer advice.

However, the force said the number of children killed or injured on the roads has fallen by 60% over the past decade.

Insp Paul Sellwood, of Kent Police, said: "In the last few months there has been a rise in child casualties that we are keen to reduce.

"So by stepping up our enforcement, working alongside our road safety partners, we aim to prevent any more families suffering the loss or injury of a child."

The force said 499 adults had been killed or seriously injured on the roads so far this year compared to 569 for the whole of 2009/10.

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