November 28, 2010 19:01 ET

Children Wary of Speeding Drivers, Warns Swinton Car Insurance

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2010) - A recent survey completed in conjunction with Road Safety Week, reveals that children nationwide are increasingly wary of drivers, with statistics showing nine in ten* children believe motorists drive too quickly in their local communities.

Swinton Car Insurance is warning motorists of the dangers of driving dangerously fast, especially in densely populated areas and near schools, as the risks speedy drivers pose to children who are not always aware of road safety increases.

The survey revealed that more than 60% of nine to 13-year-olds* think the roads around their home and school are dangerous for those on foot or bicycles, and furthermore 50% of nine to 11-year-olds and 61% of 11 to 13-year-olds* have had a near-miss while walking or cycling.

Swinton Car Insurance is advising motorists to pay attention to speed limits and protect children by slowing down to 20mph in local communities.

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager at Swinton, said, "When motorists speed, they're preventing children from living happy and worry free lives in their local communities. Motorists need to slow down in particular in densely populated areas because of the danger they pose to not only children but other pedestrians and road users."

He added, "Motorists also need to think about the insurance implications of getting caught speeding, as those drivers caught speeding will face code SP30, 3 to 6 points on their license, a fine and possibly an increase in their insurance premium."

* Statistics taken from a road safety survey by BRAKE

About Swinton

  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates.

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