Bringing the expertise and best practices from different partners, UNITAR offers training and learning opportunities for public officials and legislators on the implementation of comprehensive programmes that promote the use of child restraint systems, in order to save the lives of the most vulnerable. For media and journalists on road safety and social communication. For parents and grandparents on the proper use of child restraint systems and seat belts.
The overall goal of UNITAR’s activities in this area is to contribute to advance Global Road Safety Performance Target 8: By 2030, increase the proportion of motor vehicle occupants using safety belts or standard child restraint systems to close to 100%.
Children’s book on Road Safety: La Pandilla de la Rueda (The Wheel Crew)
Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Storytelling is a powerful and unique way for children and youth of different ages alike to develop an understanding and appreciation for a certain topic or any aspect of our daily lives.
Through the adventures of the characters of the story, “La Pandilla de la Rueda (The Wheel Crew)” aims to teach children in a fun way about how to be safe when walking or traveling on wheels.
The Book is accompanied by an Educational Guide to help teachers in the classroom and parents at home organize teaching activities for children according to their age and academic level. For children age 5-12 years old.
Micro-Learning Courses for Child Road Safety
Microlearning based courses aimed at increasing public awareness on risk factors causing road traffic deaths and injuries, as well as on post-crash and emergency response techniques.
The World Bank estimates that 44% of the world's population owns a smartphone. Providing road safety education through mobile microlearning based training to reach a broad audience is a key objective of the Road Safety Global Training Initiative.
Car Safety During Pregnancy
Women are at increased risk of being seriously injured during a motor vehicle accident. In the United States, Motor vehicle crashes during pregnancy are the leading cause of traumatic fetal mortality and serious maternal injury morbidity and mortality, injuring approximately 92,500 pregnant women each year (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA).
This course aims to raise awareness about the risks for pregnant women while driving and to provide seat belt use recommendations during pregnancy.
To access the course, please click here.
Child Road Safety - using restraint systems to keep children safe and protected
The use of seat belts and child restraints is one of the most important actions that can be taken to prevent and reduce injury in a motor vehicle crash. Child restraints are also effective in reducing injuries that can occur during non-crash events, such as a sudden stop, a swerving evasive manoeuvre or a door opening during vehicle movement.
Infants and children need a child restraint system that accommodates their size and weight, and can adapt to cope with the different stages of their development.
This course aims to raise awareness about appropriate child restraint systems and its effectiveness in reducing death and injury, as well as to provide information about safety standards, categories and regulations of car seats, and the elements that help protect children when using restraint systems.
To access the course, please click here.
Child Restraint Systems Training
The Child Road Safety Education Initiative aims to raise awareness amongst parents and families about the importance of prioritizing children’s road safety, and to disseminate training and educational tools amongst government officials, private sector entities, and civil society.
Through the VR video below, users will learn about the risks of not using a child restraint system inside cars, the consequences of an out-of-position scheme, and practical tips on how to properly install the seat in a car. (Available in Spanish) - to be used with VR glasses.