Traffic education should become an integral part of the National Curriculum, in an effort to cut the numbers of young people killed and injured on UK roads, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has said.
The call ties in with a survey by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile), which found that only seven of 15 European countries had mandatory traffic education in schools.
Although the numbers of people killed and injured on UK roads have been steadily decreasing for many years, the rate of decrease has been slowing down recently.
In 2013, 1,713 people were killed in road accidents, the lowest number on record, and half as many as in 2000. The total number of casualties of all severities in 2013 was 183,670.
The total reported child casualties (ages 0-15) fell by 9% to 15,756 in 2013. The number of children killed or seriously injured also fell, decreasing by 13% to 1,980 in 2013.
However pedestrians were the second highest casualty type by category.
Despite the fall in casualty numbers, the IAM has said the figures remain unacceptable and has repeatedly called for greater training and awareness to help deliver a further marked reduction.
“Some countries in Europe have very structured and well organised programmes aimed at young people through their time in education,” commented Neil Greig, IAM Director of Policy and Research. “With ambitious targets being set on reducing the numbers of young people killed and injured on our roads, we believe having road safety education as part of the National Curriculum is a sure way to achieve those aims.”
Contact our Injury Solicitors in Scotland
For specialist personal injury claims advice in Scotland, including advice on road traffic accident claims, contact us today: click here to make an online enquiry or call us on 0131 516 9180.
Expert claims & compensation solicitors. We can help you if you have suffered an accident or injury in Scotland. https://lk.mooretechnology.co.uk Call 0800 027 1480
We're here to help
Talk to one of our expert compensations lawyers today
Call us on 01312255214
Accreditations & Memberships
* Unlike many personal injury lawyers in Scotland, we provide you with 100% of the compensation awarded with no ‘success fee’. What our firm offers is better than no win no fee as that implies if you do win then you do pay a fee; however with our firm you receive 100% of your compensation.