A new study has found that the number of children killed or injured in road accidents has reduced by more than a third.

The research by Temple Street Children's Hospital compared the number of under 15-year-olds killed or injured during two five-year periods; 1996-2000 and 2004-2008.

It found a 36% decrease in deaths and injuries.

The most significant decrease was in the number of child cyclists who were killed. That area saw a reduction of 76%.

There was a 48% decrease in pedestrian deaths and a 38% decrease in car passenger deaths.

Professor Alf Nicholson, a Consultant Paediatrician at Temple Street, said he believes that policy changes and concerted publicity campaigns had a significant impact on the figures.

He said the focus now should be on the greater use of bicycle helmets and the proper use of child restraints in cars.