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Three children ‘killed or injured on roads every day’

Around 1,000 local children are expected to take part. Credit: Pacemaker

Children from Northern Ireland are taking part in a walk to help raise awareness of road safety.

It comes as figures revealed three young people are killed or injured on our roads every day.

More than 100,000 children across the UK - including about 1,000 in NI - are set to take part in Brake's Kids Walk event on Wednesday.

The charity said PSNI figures show 954 children were killed or injured on roads here in 2016.

On average, three die or suffer injuries as a result of road crashes every day - and around one in five of all child road casualties occur when they are walking.

“If we want more children and their families to walk in NI, then we need to make sure their journeys are safe,” said Dave Nichols from Brake.

“We're delighted that so many schools and children across the region agree with us on this and are taking part in Brake's Kids Walk.

“Together we can raise awareness about the issues that matter to them and help make their roads safer.”