DRIVERS are being urged to watch out for children on the roads after 25 were struck by vehicles in just six weeks.
Cleveland Police are also asking parents to keep a close eye on their youngsters as the school holiday sees them out playing with friends and crossing roads more.
Since the beginning of July, there have been 25 collisions across the force area involving children under the age of 16, including those on pedal cycles. Two resulted in fatalities.
Incidents in Hartlepool include one where a woman dropped an eight-year-old boy back at home after he was struck by her car.
The youngster needed checking over at hospital after being hit by the vehicle at the corner of Bute Avenue and Caledonian Road, in Hartlepool at around 8.10pm on Saturday, August 13.
Inspector Mick Little, from the Cleveland and Durham Joint Operations Unit, said: “Although it is a parent’s responsibility to know where their child is, we appreciate that you cannot know where your child is 24 hours a day.
“We are asking parents to make sure that their child is with an older child/person who is aware of the dangers encountered when playing near too or crossing a road.
“Drivers should always comply with speed limits and drive at a speed that is suitable for the road they are on, but they also need to be especially vigilant in residential areas where children will be playing.
“We know that some children of a young age are not very road safety conscious and they need to be supervised by someone responsible to help us prevent these collisions and resultant injuries.”