Another week, another child on a pavement killed by a driver

Road danger

This was the week an uninsured hit-and-run driver killed a two-week-old baby as he was being pushed along a pavement by his mother. An unimaginably horrific event were it to be an isolated incident. However, it’s far from that. Over 40 people on pavements and verges in the UK are killed every year by drivers.

It’s highly unusual for the subject of road danger to be covered objectively by the mainstream media, which is odd given the alarming frequency at which it claims the lives of children. For example, when four-year-old Esme Weir was crushed to death on a pavement in Liverpool in front of her mother by a driver who didn’t want to hold up traffic, the story was covered by local newspapers but did not reach the national news agenda. Unsurprisingly, the driver was acquitted of all charges. When five-year-old Lennon Toland was killed by van driver who had mounted the pavement to use unauthorised entry no charges were brought. The roll call of children killed by dangerous drivers is long and unending – a litany shaming not only a broken criminal justice system that fails their families so spectacularly, but our priorities as a society.

At best, coverage of road danger is highly selective and almost always divisive.

If you want to kill someone, the best way to do it is in a car…

If you want to kill someone, the best way to do it is in a car because you are highly likely to get away with it. One of the reasons is that people are being killed by cars all the time. We tolerate a level of killing by cars that we don’t tolerate in any other area. If as many soldiers were killed in combat every year in UK wars, we would be up in arms. We would be outraged. Horrified. Astonished. We would demand government action. But when it comes to people being killed by cars, we just accept this as part of the ordinary course of life, and death. Well, it’s about time we stopped accepting it.

Stop Killing our Children examines how road danger damages us all, whatever our age and however we travel, and questions our collective blindness to both its cause and remedy.The 40-minute, crowdfunded film is narrated by the BBC’s John Simpson and features interviews with Chris Boardman, Dr Rachel Aldred, Dr Ian Walker, George Monbiot and the founders of the Stop de Kindermoord movement amongst others.Please help turn the tide against road danger.

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  1. Vincent Edwards


    I advertised a number of items on Freecycle this week. All were rapidly snapped up. I couldn’t help but notice that every driver who came to pick things up parked outside my house with two wheels on the pavement. Generally they would mount the pavement at a dropped kerb two doors down, then go for a nice drive past next door until coming to a stop outside my house. Pedestrians beware – you’re not safe on the pavement.
    I live on a very wide road. During the day there’s not much traffic. No-one “needs” to park on the pavement, yet almost everyone does. It’s become part of driving culture. Even some of my neighbours park on the pavement – across the entrance to their empty driveway. And as for school run time at the primary school down the road – well, don’t get me going…..

  2. David Curran


    This is something which has long troubled me, as a driver, pedestrian, cyclist parent and grandparent. The recent news that the Government is considering rules for retaining your drivers license when you turn 75 is a good case in point. Whilst it seems the Government want to make it easier for a motorist with health considerations to keep their license once they reach 75, the general consensus seems to be that people think it is an erosion of their right to drive. It would be much better were the Government to consider requiring license holders of all ages to take a medical examination every 5 years, and re-sit their driving test every 10 years, or once they have collected over a certain number of points on their license. We might then get the message over that driving is a skilled undertaking, and not a right.

  3. David Beacham


    Thankfully they weren’t driving a bicycle, just think of the carnage. 🤔

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