Car insurance: 'Kids need to be visible'

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

For motorists who hit a child, making a claim on their car insurance is probably the least of their worries and as a result GEM Motoring Assist is calling for every schoolchild in the UK to be kitted out with a fluorescent orange vest.

According to the road safety organisation, hundreds of youngsters are killed or injured in traffic accidents which occur while they are walking home from school and it points out the problem gets worse during the darker autumn and winter months.

Ideally, the group would like to see British Summer Time used all year round.

However, as this is unlikely to happen in the near future, it is calling on schools and parents to make sure children can be easily spotted by drivers.

Commenting on the proposed use of orange vests, David Williams, chief executive of GEM, said adults should ensure "they are worn over jumpers, blazers and coats when children and young adults set off on their way home after school or college - tired but full of fun".

Last month, GEM voiced their support for a campaign led by real ale enthusiasts Camra to keep community and rural pubs open.

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