Road safety education is a crucial part of the prevention programmes the Police run in primary and secondary schools.
The initiative teaches young children how to be careful pedestrians or cyclists and teenagers how to be prudent drivers.
In primary schools, the aim is to develop from an early age the essential reflexes needed to avoid risky behaviour on the public highway.
Different modules are offered to classes according to the children's age group:
|Puppet theatre:||Cycle 1 (children aged 1 - 3)|
|Safety on the way to school & Seat belts:||Cycles 2.1 – 3.1 (children aged 6 - 8)|
|Bicycles/Traffic park:||Cycles 3.2 – 4.2 (children aged 9 - 11)|
The Police take part in "Mobility and Road Safety Days" organised for secondary school pupils. The aim is to teach teenagers how to be attentive drivers.
The programme includes a presentation given by a driver training organisation, the Centre de Formation pour Conducteurs, on the dangers of the road, illustrated with photos, video clips and first-hand accounts from drivers who have been involved in serious accidents.
The pupils are then divided between three workshops: a rollover simulator, a braking and stopping distances workshop and one on accident-damaged cars. The last of these workshops is supervised by the Regional traffic police units (Services régionaux de police de la route - SRPR) and is intended to make pupils aware of the causes and consequences of accidents.