Children urged to stay visible and safe
Parents are being urged to educate their children on road safety as they return to school next week.
Transport Minister Shane Ross said children should avail of free high-visibility vests being distributed to school children next week.
Parents and children should familiarise themselves with a new cycle training programme, The National Standard for Cycle Training.
A 'Safe Cross Code' CD and posters with the words of the 'Safe Cross Code' song and dance will be placed in classrooms.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and Automobile Association (AA) are reminding road users to expect heavier volumes of traffic as children and college students return to studies and other road users return from summer holidays.
"In addition to the inevitable increased traffic levels, motorists and other road users should be conscious of children walking and cycling to and from school," said RSA chief executive Moyagh Murdock said.
"Drivers need to pay attention to their speed, particularly in urban areas."