Making kids safer on the road: the 2014 European Traffic Education Contest
Publication date: 08 September 2014
The 29th annual European Traffic Education Contest took place from 5-7 September in Lilleström, Norway, hosted by the Norwegian Automobile Club, NAF. The AMSS team from Serbia won the contest, proving their skills and awareness of traffic rules.
Teams representing 22 European Clubs took part in a series of events designed to increase the children’s understanding of safe bicycling practices and road rules. The European contest is the culmination of traffic education contests that have been won on the local, regional and national levels. The children from RAS Russia came in second place, with the children from RAF Russia in third place.
“I have been impressed at the understanding and maturity that the children have shown. It is clear that the rules of the road have been well understood and will be put into practice by all of our young participants when they go back home,” said FIA Region I President Thierry Willemarck. He continued, “After all, road accidents can happen at any time and on any street. This is why it is essential that children understand and respect the rules of the road.”
“Our children are the most vulnerable road users of all,” said FIA Region I Director General, Jacob Bangsgaard. He continued, “This is why it is especially important that they know how to stay safe in traffic. Automobile Clubs are invested in their communities and determined to take an active role to teach children about road safety.”
The activities carried out by Automobile Clubs range from practical traffic obstacle courses to theoretical classes. Clubs also prepare educational materials, such as brochures, games and videos. Clubs usually cooperate with the police, national ministries, road safety associations, municipalities and the Red Cross.
Automobile and Mobility Clubs also go beyond basic traffic education for children with a range of additional activities, such as, traffic education through movies, karting lessons, educating teachers on road safety and first aid lessons for children.
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About FIA Region I
The FIA Region I office, based in Brussels, is a consumer body representing 111 Motoring and Touring Clubs and their 38 million members from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists. The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. With these aims in mind, the FIA Region I work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring. www.fiaregion1.com
About the European Traffic Education Contest
The European Traffic Education Contest aims to intensify traffic education in every country, teach children the rules of the road and, ultimately, contribute to increasing of road safety awareness among children. http://www.trafficeducationcontest.eu