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Road safety education, the key to reducing road accidents in Europe and improving mobility

Educación vial en los colegios


More than 25 thousand people lost their lives on European roads during 2018 and a total of 1,154 children and young people died in road traffic accidents during 2017. Road traffic safety and mobility education is a right and, therefore, the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), in collaboration with the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge (VSV) and Fundación MAPFRE, have prepared the study 'Fundamental principles for traffic safety and mobility education'. 


One way or another, we are all road users, whether as drivers, pedestrians, passengers or cyclists. To reduce road traffic accidents and achieve Goal Zero, we must start with a good road safety education, instilling and working on the values and awareness we need to ensure we get around safely.

Countries across Europe are working on offering the best education in road traffic safety and mobility, especially in schools. However, it should be borne in mind that this education differs greatly from one place to another and, above all, varies greatly across countries. Sometimes, road traffic safety education is practically non-existent. 

The document includes 17 key principles which offer an effective road traffic safety education and, in addition, the work brings together a wide range of good practices. These 17 key principles are divided into 5 categories:

1. Ensuring the right to receive road safety and mobility education. Mobility education must be high quality, with continuous improvement and adequate resources. It must also be integrated into the school curriculum and strategic, tactical and operational objectives must be established.

2. Schools' commitment and support. We must engage and support school management, motivate schools to have a road safety and mobility policy, appoint a teacher responsible for traffic at school and strengthen the competences of teachers.

3. Ensure high quality education. For this, it is necessary to have knowledge, skills, attitudes and mobility training, keep traffic safety up-to-date, use quality standards, perform tests, processes and / or evaluation of results, evaluate students and let them evaluate themselves.

4. Facilitate framework conditions. The use of interdisciplinary material is recommended, including road safety education during teacher training and following up to ensure that road safety is disseminated.

5. Involve all relevant stakeholders. We must involve pupils, students, parents and all main parties concerned.

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