Spurs star Fredi Kanoute has joined a 'Road Safety Week XI' of young Spurs fans from our Football in the Community scheme to 'Give Speeding the Boot' as part of a new sports-star backed campaign to 'keep speed in sport and off our roads'.
Fredi helped to launch the campaign to highlight the start of this week's 'National Road Safety Week' organised by road safety charity Brake, and the dangers speeding drivers pose to children on foot in our towns.
The Spurs road safety week XI is made up of city children who, research shows, are most at risk of suffering death and injury on the road. They were also selected to be part of the campaign as our Football in the Community scheme nurtures their footballing ability and takes an active interest in their welfare and safety.
Appallingly, 83 under-16s were killed on foot last year, nearly all in built-up areas. The theme of Road Safety Week 2003 is 'Save the life of a child on foot — slow down in town'.
A horrifying 2,834 children were also seriously injured on foot in 2002, including brain injuries and paralysis.
People like Sophie Graham (pictured with Fredi) who suffered a double fracture of her skull when she was knocked down by a hit and run driver outside her home in Gateshead. Sophie now suffers from epilepsy.
Mary Williams OBE, chief executive of Brake said: "59% of drivers still speed in urban areas, near schools and homes.
"The worst offenders are young male drivers so it is particularly appropriate that sports stars are supporting this vital effort to save children’s lives. The UK has one of the worst records in Europe for deaths of children on foot and there can’t be any worse nightmare for a parent than experiencing such a violent loss of their son or daughter in this way. Dropping your speed, even by a small amount, can make a real difference to a child's chance of survival."