Research demonstrates that children cannot cope with vehicles travelling faster than 20mph

Professor John Wann and his colleagues at Royal Holloway, University of London have recently measured the perceptual acuity of more than 100 children in primary schools, and calculated the speed of approach that they could reliably detect. Results suggest that while adult pedestrians can make accurate judgments for vehicles travelling up to 50mph, children of primary school age become unreliable once the approach speed goes above 20mph, if the car is five seconds away.

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