Parents and drivers are being warned by police to take care as the new school term begins.
Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd urged road users to plan ahead for busier rush hours and heavier traffic.
"Most importantly, drivers should watch for children and young people on bicycles or on foot, particularly close to schools, junctions and bus stops," he said.
The senior officer encouraged parents to ensure high visibility clothing and bags are worn, and that road safety is hammered home. "Pupils should also only cross where it is safe, preferably at pedestrian crossings," he said.
"It is important that they cross precisely at these locations and not take the risk of crossing even a short distance away.
"They should also be aware that it's better to miss the bus and be late as opposed to taking their chances by running across roads to catch a bus."