Research by the Department of Environment has revealed that over a four-year period, five young people were killed going to or from school while 86 suffered serious injuries. In total the department recorded 776 school run injuries.
These figures, which cover incidents that occurred between 2006 and 2010, include 31 primary school children and 60 secondary school pupils. Of the five killed, four were of post-primary school age while one pupil was just nine years old.
They included Nicola Murray (16) from St Ciaran’s High School, Ballygawley in 2008, Nathan Gault (15) and Debbie White (14) from Devenish College in Fermangh in late 2008, Matthew Holohan (16) from Glastry College, Newtownards, who was killed on his way to sit a mock GCSE examination in 2006 and Jessica Lennon (9) who was killed after getting of her school bus in Bessbrook, Co Armagh.
A total of 24 pupils were seriously injured while getting off or on a bus the research continued while two thirds of those killed or injured were pedestrians.
Although these figures are a reduction on those revealed for the previous four-year period, DoE Minister, Alex Attwood said he would be supporting a 20 mph zone at schools to reduce further incidents.