Belgian children copy parents’ roadside behaviour

21st October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Bicycle helmets and fluorescent jackets are just not “cool”, was the verdict from a survey carried out by Karrewiet magazine for Belgian youngsters.

The magazine, targeted at children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old, questioned 758 youngsters and discovered that young children often copy the behaviour of their parents when it comes to traffic regulations and road safety.

The number of traffic victims in Belgium is decreasing is general, but increasing among children. 

The answers to the questions, including: ‘What are the rules about right of way?’ and ‘Are you allowed to listen to your iPod while you are on your bicycle?’ were not known by a large proportion of the children.

The results of the questionnaire proved what an exemplary function that the behaviour of a child’s parents can have.

Almost all children said that they wear a seatbelt in the car, which has been put down to the success of a seatbelt promotion campaign for children. However, according to the survey bicycle helmets and fluorescent jackets are definitely not 'cool.'

The Belgian Institute for Traffic Safety says it will take account of the results of the Karrewiet survey.

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