Yesterday I was running past a posh girls' private school around 4pm and felt quite gloomy at the sight of a queue of 4x4s and SUVs and people-carriers or whatever they're called this week, backed-up along the road waiting to pick up their little darlings. Then I found via Living Streets, this article in the Independent noting that
"research published this week reveals that congestion caused by the school run is responsible for nearly 7,000 deaths and injuries a year. Yes, driving your children to school increases the chances of someone being killed or injured."
Part of the point is that just because congestion slows traffic, that doesn't mean congested roads are safer. The article is written by LS's Hester Brown who comments "The irony is that parents think the roads are too dangerous to let their children walk."
And the habit is nicely described as "the elevation of empty convenience over necessity" on the Ministry of Information blog here.