Law to include road use, etiquette, safety education in K-12 proposed

Nueva Vizcaya Representative Luisa Lloren Cuaresma is proposing a law that will mandate the Department of Education (DepEd) to include road use, etiquette, and safety education in the curriculum of the Enhanced Basic Education (K to 12) program to promote the general welfare of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

“It is intended to inculcate the value of human life and proper use of roads during the formative years in order to develop discipline and concern for others among our citizens,” Cuaresma said in her explanatory note.

“This in turn is envisioned to contribute in improving our traffic situation and lessen road accidents,” she added.

If passed into law, the Road Safety Education Act mandates the DepEd to include in the appropriate subjects the basic traffic rules as defined by international treaty under the authority of the United Nations (UN), the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, existing local traffic laws, different rules of the road and driving etiquette which are the general practices and procedures that road users and pedestrians are required to follow.