Road safety among primary school children has improved

In recent years, road safety among primary school children has improved, according to the Liikenneturva Road Safety Education Organization.

Traffic accidents that kill children from 7 to 12 years old are extremely rare these days. From 2018 to 2020, on average, one child died in an accident per year.

Over ten years, the number of injuries received in road traffic accidents has halved. Over the past three years, an average of 150 primary school children have been injured in road traffic crashes.

Liikenneturva believes that the road safety situation has improved, in particular thanks to educational work in kindergartens and schools.

Police believe that safety can be made even more effective by building new underground and overhead passages.

The organization conducted a survey among students in grades 1-4 about how they themselves see the road safety situation and what their wishes for adults are. Teachers wrote down the responses of more than 500 students.

The main concern for children is a safe crossing of the road.

– According to children, drivers speed up and look at their phones while driving, – says the executive director of Liikenneturva Pasi Anteroinen .

The police will closely monitor traffic regulations as the new school year begins.