Keeping Children Safe in Traffic

  • Published: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/International Transport Forum, 2004
  • Authors: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/International Transport Forum
  • Date Added: 04 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 04 Feb 2013
  • Format: pdf


This report aims to encourage a continuation of the progress achieved in children’s road safety over the past two decades by drawing attention to successful programmes and strategies that can be tailored and adopted by OECD countries.


The report begins with an assessment of the scale and current understanding of the nature of child road safety (Chapter 1). Chapters 2, 3, and 4 explore new approaches, designs and strategies to increase children’s safe mobility in the road environment. Chapter 2 describes the role that safety and education play in promoting children’s safe behaviour on the road; Chapter 3 discusses how the built environment affects their safety, and Chapter 4 outlines safety equipment for a variety of travel modes.

Key Findings:

  • Modern vehicles are designed with energy-absorbing crumple zones to minimise deceleration, limit intrusion and so reduce injury.

  • The effect of the crumple zone is to minimise potential injury to occupants of the vehicle by reducing the amount of energy available to damage the passenger compartment.


Crumple Zones, Airbags


Report on child road safety initiatives from many countries worldwide. Relevant review to UK.