Road and traffic safety will soon be part of the curriculum of elementary and secondary schools, if a new bill is passed into law.
Under House Bill 4160, authored by Congressmen Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party List, Abante Mindanao), road courtesy, discipline and traffic safety education will be included in the curriculum.
It will include the meaning of traffic signs, rights and obligations of pedestrians, drivers, owners and public utility vehicles. The bill also proposed to include the Philippine laws on driving, fines and penalties, local traffic codes, among others.
Rodriguez said the bill is meant to educate the students about road courtesy, discipline and obedience to traffic laws.
"There seems to be a growing number of traffic accidents in the country which can be attributed mainly to the sheer disregard of traffic laws or ignorance," Rodriguez said.
Citing a report of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2004, Rodriguez pointed out that road traffic injuries accounts for 2.2-percent of total deaths. This makes it the 9th leading cause of death in many parts of the world.
"WHO estimated that in 2030, road traffic injuries will increase to 3.5%, making it the 5th leading cause of death only behind heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lower respiratory infections," Rodriguez added.
Last Aprill 2011, WHO reported that road traffic accidents in the Philippines reached to 8,715 or 1.94-percent of total deaths.
With this, the Department of Education and the Land Transportaion Office shall make the necessary rules and regulations to implement the provisions of the Act.