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Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among adolescents between 15 and 17 years of age

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16/11/2015

Traffic accidents are the number one cause of death in the world among adolescents between the ages of 15 and 17. At this age, children gain more independence from their parents, they move around more, use bicycles to get to places and even become drivers, using low-power mopeds and motorcycles.

Traffic education is the most important way of preventing these tragedies. This should begin at a young age, with family as the fundamental starting point. Caution and respect for regulations, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings must be instilled in children naturally, daily and by example.

Young people must be taught that, when riding a motorcycle, wearing a helmet is not optional; it is essential in all places at all times as it saves lives. It doesn't matter if you live in a small town, or if it's summer and hot outside, or if you are out with your friends and want to look good and don't want to mess up your hair: you must always wear always a helmet.

It is important to ensure that young drivers are cautious, don't go faster than they should, look carefully before performing a maneuver and signal. At this age, the enforcement of rules is often unsuccessful so it is better for parents to explain to their children why these things are necessary and for them to assimilate it.

Adolescents begin to have contact with alcohol, and sometimes drugs, on occasions managing to dodge alcohol bans. It is important for parents to monitor whether their children are using these substances. Once again, it is important for parents to explain the dangers of using these substances to their children with a patient and constructive attitude, but most of all to emphasize that one should never drink and drive.

It is important that they use well-lit routes when heading home. If this is not possible, they should: carry a light or wear reflective clothing. People get run over at night due poor visibility. If they are riding a bicycle or a motorcycle it is even more important that: a bicycle have lights on it, if it will be used at night, both on the front and the back.

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