Start them early, start them young.

That is the plan of Senator Grace Poe after filing Senate Bill No. 1231 or the proposed Road Safety and Comprehensive Driver’s Education Act aimed at making basic road safety and driver’s education part of elementary curriculum.

Research indicates that road accidents were the fourth leading cause of mortality in 2012 and the fifth highest cause of mortality from 2008 to 2013. It accounted for 36,100 deaths for every 100,000 people.

As the population of the country exceeds 100 million, Senator Poe wants to curb the rising trend of road accidents and is looking at teaching the youth in order for them to learn and prevent road casualties in the future.

“While they are young, students can learn basic road safety and driver’s education,” said Senator Poe.

Part of the bill includes comprehensive driver’s education as part of the junior and senior high school and higher education curricula.

If passed into law by both chambers of Congress, the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Transportation, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will be tasked to formulate modules for teaching basic road safety and comprehensive driver’s education subject for students in basic and higher education.

This bill also aims to help reduce traffic congestion by having more disciplined drivers on the road.