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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

xChild Deaths Rise On Moscow Streets

The huge numbers of children roaming unsupervised around the streets of Moscow has led to a sharp rise in fatal traffic accidents involving juveniles, according to the city traffic police, who say they are starting a campaign to improve traffic awareness among the young.

Colonel Alexander Lyakhov, deputy head of Moscow's traffic inspectorate, told a press conference this week that 64 children died in traffic accidents in the first 10 months of this year, compared with 43 in the same period last year.

"Most of pioneer camps have been closed down. Cinema tickets are expensive. So children prefer to spend their time outside," Lyakhov said.

Colonel Viktor Priznykov, head of the traffic-police information department, said they had started to publish special booklets with elementary explanations of traffic rules for kindergartens.