Why is road safety education important?

Share Long

Children and young people are at significant risk on our roads. Road trauma is the leading cause of death and the second most frequent cause of hospitalisation among children in Australia (World Health Organisation, 2008).

We all need to learn to use the road responsibly. There is evidence that children start learning about the road system from a very early age and that this can lead to safer behaviours in later life.

Road safety education plays an important role in shaping the attitudes and behaviours of children and young people – ensuring they become responsible drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.

More information:

Victoria’s Road Safety Education Action Plan 2014-2016 - developed by the Victorian Road Safety Education Reference Group, the Plan outlines each agency’s commitments to provide evidence-based road safety education resources and programs.

Administrative Guidelines for Traffic Safety Education (PDF - 790Kb) - a support document to the Victorian Government Schools Reference Guide. It provides practical advice on running school programs, with some rationale for Traffic Safety Education activities.

16 September 2014