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'Children die because of social class'

Issue No. 1876

RICH PEOPLE in posh cars are a danger to working class children.

That's the only conclusion you can draw from two surveys out this week.

One shows that children of people classed as 'unskilled workers' are five times more like to be involved in accidents than the children of those labelled 'professionals'.

Paul Streets from the official NHS Health Development Agency (HDA) says, 'It's shocking that in 21st century England children are more likely to die because of the social class they are born into. The difference in road injury rates between poor and rich children is a stark and unacceptable example of health inequality.'

The report argued that 20mph speed restrictions could save 13,000 children each year from death or injury.

A second report found that drivers tearing through estates and racing at dangerous speeds don't fit the stereotype of young, working class men. Instead those convicted of speeding are most likely to be executives, professionals or senior managers, says the report by the RAC motoring organisation and Autocar magazine.

Speeding drivers are likely to be in their 40s or 50s, living in a household with two cars and to be driving a company car, a BMW or a 4x4.

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Sat 8 Nov 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1876
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