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One teenager killed every day' on roads

PUBLISHED: 12:43 04 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:49 25 August 2010

TRAGIC: Alex Ludlowand friend.

TRAGIC: Alex Ludlowand friend.

ROAD accidents left more teenagers dead or maimed in south-east than any other part of the capital last year.

ROAD accidents left more teenagers dead or maimed in south-east than any other part of the capital last year.

Bromley borough had 22 teenagers killed or seriously injured when hit by vehicles last year - the highest number in London.

Greenwich and Sutton had 21 teenage tragedies, the joint second highest number, whilst the number in Bexley dropped to 15 from 22 the year before.

Roger Ludlow, whose 16-year-old son Alex was killed by a car in Elmstead Wood two years ago, said Bromley needed more road humps and cameras to stop speeding. Mr Ludlow said: "I think that the figures show that the 'attempts' made by Bromley have been ineffective in reducing the number of accidents. "In our own road, Elmstead Lane, where our son was killed, the measures have been to introduce a footpath and a crossing area. It is good to see something being done but these measures will not slow down speeding drivers."

Bromley traditionally has a high number of teenage accident rates with as many as 34 teens killed or seriously injured in 2004. Greenwich normally has fewer than 20 a year.

Bromley council works on a raft of educational road safety programmes including crash reconstructions at colleges and air fairs.

A council spokesman said: "Whilst casualty numbers vary each year, the long term trend is downwards and this is good news.

"We will continue to target our road safety work at young people as we have done for a number of years."

Transport for London (TfL) released the figures as part of its Think! road safety campaign, and reported an overall drop in serious teenage incidents.

Yet despite the general improvement, around one in six teenage road deaths or serious injuries in London blight Bexley, Greenwich or Bromley.

TfL pledged to spend £45 million on road safety measures this year.

The government-funded body must meet three national targets for reducing road accidents by next year, including halving the incidents that kill or seriously injure children.

Chris Lines, TfL Head of London Road Safety, said: "The overall number of casualties may have reduced, but one casualty is one too many.

"The message still needs to be loud and clear - every day a teenager is killed or seriously injured on London roads."

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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