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Last Updated: Friday, 11 November 2005, 13:13 GMT
City beats target on road deaths
Safety bosses in Plymouth have pledged to continue their work to reduce road deaths despite reaching a significant government target five years early.

From 1994 to 1998 an average of 29 city children were killed or badly injured annually. The government said the figure should be halved by 2010.

However, just 13 children were seriously hurt last year and none died. Now the city Road Safety Team has set itself a new target - an 80% reduction in deaths and serious injuries by 2010.

Plymouth City Council Cabinet Member for Transport Councillor Sue Dann said: "One child getting seriously injured or killed on Plymouth roads is one too many.

"We have exceeded the government target and set ourselves a more challenging target of an 80 % reduction in this type of casualty by 2010.

"Armed with this audit data we will be able to tackle this from different angles and target resources effectively to make our city roads safer for young people."

To do this, it will be enforcing 20 mile per hour zones around schools, and promoting safety among pupils who walk or cycle to school.

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