The EU prioritises road safety for children
Publication date: 04 September 2015
The European Commission has highlighted its commitment to road safety by co-funding the 2015 edition of the European Traffic Education Contest. This FIA Region I contest annually offers 800,000 children aged 10-12 exposure to road safety lessons and the opportunity to gain awareness of traffic education via qualifying national competitions. On 3 September 2015, 92 children representing 23 teams arrived in Vienna, Austria for a competition to discover who has the best knowledge of road safety in Europe, hosted by the Austrian Automobile Club, ÖAMTC.
Jean Todt, FIA President and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, said: “At the FIA, road safety is our number one priority and children are some of the most vulnerable road users of all. This year’s UN Road Safety Week reminded us that every single day 500 children lose their lives on the world’s roads and hundreds more are injured. The FIA European Traffic Education Contest is an important opportunity to encourage children to learn the skills that can help them to stay safe on the road.”
Szabolcs Schmidt, European Commission DG MOVE Head of Road Safety, said: “At the European Commission, we believe that it’s never too early to begin learning the rules of the road. It is through initiatives like the European Traffic Education Contest that many children have their first practical lessons in road safety. The European Commission is wholeheartedly supporting this event and the work being done by Automobile Clubs and the FIA to spread good quality traffic education for children.”
Thierry Willemarck, FIA Region I President, said: “With its endorsement and sponsorship, the European Commission has identified the good work that is being done by Automobile Clubs throughout Europe in the area of traffic education. This contest has been training children how to be safe on the road for 30 years, giving them the tools they need to protect themselves.”
The 30th annual European Traffic Education Contest took place from 3-5 September 2015. In addition to the numerous activities for the children, Austrian racing driver Alex Wurz and cycling champion Bernhard Kohl hosted a cycling contest. ÖAMTC offered a station with breakdown assistance for bicycles and other attractions for the public and the competing children.
Recognising that children are one of the most vulnerable groups of traffic participants, the FIA and ÖAMTC organised an expert forum on traffic education on 3 September prior to the Contest. About 50 experts and FIA Club members debated traffic education questions. Topics included “which environment is the most suitable for road safety education?”, “what is the best way to teach children and young adults about the correct behaviour in road traffic?” or “how can we better reach these target groups?”.
NOTES TO EDITORS
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 is an annual event where teams of children aged 10-12 compete in road safety activities to indicate their knowledge of road safety. The contest aims to intensify traffic education in each participating country, teach children the rules of the road and increase road safety awareness among children. 2015 was the 30th anniversary of the contest.
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