A road safety campaign group is calling for more road safety education on the back of new statistics which show road traffic to be the biggest killer of teenagers globally.
Birmingham-based DriveSafe & StaySafe made the call after World Health Organisation (WHO) figures published yesterday (17 May) revealed that road collisions accounted for 10% (120,000) of the 1.2m deaths among 10-19 year-olds during 2015.
In the UK alone, road collisions accounted for 145 deaths and 3,166 serious injuries across the same age range and time period.
DriveSafe & StaySafe says road safety education should be part of the UK national curriculum, and is calling for more Government-led awareness campaigns to remind families of the dangers on the roads and the need for drivers to be more careful and conscious of children and young people.
Fay Goodman, managing director of DriveSafe & StaySafe, said: “It is tragic that so many teenagers are killed needlessly on the roads, with all the devastation this causes families and friends.
“We need to start now in educating children as young as four on how to keep safe and be aware of the environment around them, and in ensuring schools, colleges and all educational outlets continue to promote the message of how important it is to follow sensible road safety procedures.”
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