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Tag system sets off warning lights when children are near roads

A system that warns drivers of children about to cross the road is being evaluated in Aberdeenshire.

Called the Amparo See Me, the system uses a tag that is attached to a child's school bag to trigger warning lights on bus stops or at crossings.

This then warns drivers that children are in the vicinity, and studies have shown that the speed of passing vehicles reduces by an average of 8mph.

The system is already used in Sweden.

Recent UK Department for Transport figures show that in 2005, 28,126 children aged 0-15 were injured in road accidents. Of these, 331 were seriously injured and 141 were killed.

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