Kids face high risk of injury or death in road accidents

Their small size, poor judgment and lack of protective gear among key reasons: Study

A file photo of children taking part in a road-safety event at Block 533 in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, on 24 April 2016.
A file photo of children taking part in a road-safety event at Block 533 in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, on 24 April 2016.PHOTO: ST FILE

Last month, a six-year-old boy was run over by a bus. He died. In April, an e-scooter hit an 11-year-old girl. She needed several stitches to her gums and suffered abrasions on her head, face, elbow and knees. On the same day, a six-year-old boy was also hit by an e-scooter.

These are not isolated cases. Children - who are sometimes restless on the roads and sometimes hidden from the view of drivers, given their small size - are at high risk of being involved in traffic accidents.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2018, with the headline 'Kids face high risk of injury or death in road accidents'. Subscribe