A MUM who lost her son in an accident is urging drivers to reduce their speed after new figures revealed an increase in casualties on North East roads.
More than 450 children were killed or seriously injured on the region’s roads last year, up by more than 100 on last year’s 354 casualties.
Karon Hylton, whose son Daniel Evans died in 2007 after suffering serious head injuries in a road accident close to Southmoor School in Sunderland, has been left stunned at the spiralling casualties.
Karon, 37, from Easington, said: “It’s really shocked me, words can’t describe. There’s no reason for it to increase. It’s thrown me to think of so many families going through what I had to go through.
“We should strive more to make drivers more aware and make them more responsible. We need more reduced speed limits and to then enforce them.
“I don’t think there’s enough done to make people aware that their actions can cause devastation.”
The latest figures, which have been compiled by road safety charity Brake, reveal the number of child road casualties is on the rise.
Karon added: “Losing a child causes pain and devastation and it’s something no family should have to go through.
“I just hope people take notice of this statistics and realise there’s no need to speed and to just watch out for children and pedestrians.”
Julie Townsend, Brake’s campaign director, said: “We support families whose children have been killed or maimed on roads, so we know the terrible devastation these tragedies cause, yet many could be prevented by drivers taking the simple step of slowing down in communities.
“You never know when a child might make a mistake and run out.
“Your slower driving could save their life.
“At 20mph or lower, you stand a good chance of stopping in time if a child runs out three cars lengths ahead.
“At 30mph or more, you would barely slow down before hitting them, potentially with catastrophic results.”