Review decision: 

No update required. Published guidance is still current.

Next review date: TBC

This guidance covers 20 mph limits, 20mph zones and engineering measures to reduce speed or make routes safer.

The recommendations include advice on:

  • How health professionals and local highways authorities can coordinate work to make the road environment safer.
  • Introducing engineering measures to reduce vehicle speeds, in line with Department for Transport guidance.
  • Making routes commonly used by children and young people safer. This includes routes to schools and parks.

This guideline was previously called preventing unintentional road injuries among under-15s.

It is for local highway authorities, local strategic partnerships, directors of public health, health professionals who have a responsibility for preventing or treating unintentional injuries affecting children and young people aged under 15, and school travel planners.

It may also be of interest to road users, children, young people, their parents and carers and other members of the public.

This is one of three pieces of NICE guidance published in November 2010 on how to prevent unintentional injuries among under-15s. A second publication covers unintentional injuries in the home and a third covers strategies, regulation, enforcement, surveillance and workforce development.

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