Child safety on roads campaign

Scotland's police are taking part in a drive to reduce the number of children killed or injured on the country's roads.

The campaign was launched to check motorists who take risks with children on the road.

High visibility officers will be on the streets to keep a watch on those defaulting on speeding and seatbelt rules especially during the school run.

The day-long drive will coincide with the first day of the school term in Scotland.

Other offences that will be detected include not wearing a seatbelt, failing to make sure that children are properly equipped with a seatbelt or cycling helmet, and driving carelessly around schools and playgrounds.

Chief Superintendent Brian Anderson, of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, said: "We all have a responsibility to ensure they complete their journeys safely, from parents who ensure their children wear a seatbelt or cycle helmet, to motorists taking real care when passing schools."

Mr Anderson is the lead officer for road policing in the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland.

At least 514 children were hurt, 55 were seriously injured while 13 died in accidents on Scottish roads last year.

The figures in 2007 were nine deaths, 268 serious injuries and 1,800 children hurt.

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