The numbers that involve children and road accidents “are frightening”: Between 1998 and 2011, a total of 1,020 children have died and almost 84,500 have been injured, APSI President Sandra Nascimento told Lusa News Agency.
However, the statistics show a “significant” reduction in the number of children who are the victims of road accidents since 1998, the year when APSI began compiling the data available from the National Road Authority (ANR).
Between 1998 and 2000, more than 11 children died each month on the nation’s roads (an annual average of 140 children). Almost 10 years later, during the period between 2007 and 2009, the number of deaths fell to three per month (38 children per year). Currently the figures stand at less than two per month, according to the average for 2010 and 2011, which are around 21 child deaths per year.