By the numbers

Tes Editorial

Road traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of death among school students worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation, which recently published a report on global road safety as part of a decade of action on the issue.

The agency, part of the United Nations, wants five risk factors to be addressed: speed, drink-driving, helmets, seat belts and child restraints. Previous reports show that, annually, road traffic injuries are responsible for about 260,000 deaths of under-19s worldwide.

Most of these fatalities occur on roads in low- and middle-income countries, despite the fact that these countries have only about half the world's vehicles. Road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among children aged 15-19 and the second most common among children aged 5-14, after respiratory infections.

In England, charity Living Streets has called for lower speed limits after finding that 36 per cent of children fear walking to school because of speeding motorists.

Register to continue reading for free

It only takes a moment and you'll get access to more news, plus courses, jobs and teaching resources tailored to you

Tes Editorial

Latest stories


The honeymoon is over…now for happily ever after

The rollercoaster of emotions teachers feel when they move to a new country is not only perfectly natural, it’s backed up by research. One international teacher explains how to ride it out
Sarah Cullen 23 Oct 2020