The European Traffic Education Contest took place from 22-25 September 2016 and was hosted by the Czech Automobile Club, UAMK. LAMB, Latvia came in first place, with RAS, Russia in second and UAMK, Czech Republic in third place. AL, Finland won the FIA Region I helmet challenge by decorating the most creative bike helmet. In addition to the contest challenges, FIA Region I launched the campaign Stay Bright and the children received advice on how best to stay visible in the winter months as cyclists and pedestrians.
Thierry Willemarck, FIA Region I President, said: “Every year, children that participate in this contest leave with the necessary skills to participate safely in traffic when they return home. We also reminded them with our Stay Bright campaign of the importance of wearing reflective gear in the winter months so that they remain visible to drivers. It is essential that children understand and respect the rules of the road. The continued support of the European Commission for this event shows the importance of teaching the next generation how to be safe on the road.”
Nearly 100 children from 22 countries joined the contest after having succeeded in regional and national traffic education competitions. In 2016, the contest included three bicycle obstacle courses, a traffic labyrinth, a photo booth challenge and a helmet customisation challenge. Each team is made up of two girls and two boys aged between 10 to 12 years.
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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 37 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. The contest is funded by the European Commission. http://www.trafficeducationcontest.eu