Reducing Child Deaths on European Roads (report)

Organisation: European Transport Safety Council (ETSC)

Date of publication: September 2022

Uploaded to Knowledge Centre: 27 September 2022

This report says improving road safety for children can be achieved through a combined set of measures to address the behaviour of all road users: upgrading the road environment, designing vehicles that better protect both their occupants and those outside the vehicle, enforcing traffic laws, promoting the correct use of appropriate child restraint systems, improving road traffic education and awareness raising.

It also says a policy focus on child safety resulting in actual safety measures might well also lead to a general improvement in road safety for all road users.

Part I of the report examines the latest data on child road deaths from across the EU and other countries that form part of ETSC’s Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) programme. As well as showing the differences that still exist between countries, it gives examples of policies that have led to faster progress and areas for improvement.

Part II looks at the main measures for reducing the risks to children including mobility policies and improved infrastructure, child restraint systems, vehicle safety, helmet use, pre-hospital care and licensing of young drivers who, in some countries, are able to ride a moped or scooter at the age of 14.

Recommendations for national and EU policymakers are made throughout, and a shorter list of priority measures is given at the end of the executive summary.

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