A new House Bill has been recently filed that aims to include road and traffic safety as part of the curriculum of elementary and secondary schools.
House Bill 4160 is authored by Reps. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party List, Abante Mindanao). Its objective is “to educate the students on the importance of road courtesy, discipline and obedience to traffic laws.”
Under the bill, the subject “Road courtesy, discipline and traffic safety education” should be taught in schools starting from Grade 1 up to 4th year high school. It will include lectures about traffic signs and what they mean, rights and obligations of pedestrians, rights and obligations of drivers, rights and obligations of vehicle owners and public utility vehicles, Philippine laws on driving, fines and penalties, and a subject on Local Traffic Codes, among others.
“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,” said Rodriguez.