Parents are being warned to take extra care to make sure motorists can see their children when the clocks go back this Sunday.
The one hour time shift on October 28 means that it is darker in the early evening, when children finish school.
Statistics show that child pedestrian road accidents are most likely to occur between 15.30 and 16.00 at this time of the year.
As a result, the Department for Transport has launched the 'Be Safe, be Seen' campaign.
The initiative highlights the benefits of children wearing reflective, high-visibility clothing when they are walking after the sun goes down.
'Children need to be extra careful on the roads in winter months,' said Minister for Road Safety Jim Fitzpatrick. 'And at the same time, drivers also need to take extra care and look out for children.'
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