Reducing Accidents

If you are considering attending a traffic school, you should know that there is research to back up the effectiveness of such programs.

Recent Study

A recent study shows that a school-based traffic safety intervention reduces unsafe traffic behaviours and decreases road accidents. In addition, it suggests that this type of intervention may have an additional positive effect by raising awareness of traffic safety issues.  


The study conducted shows that pre-license drivers who undergo traffic school have better driving skills and are less likely to crash.


Traffic crashes are the eighth leading cause of death worldwide. More than half of traffic-related deaths involve cyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists.


Approximately 1.3 million people die in road traffic crashes every year. Road traffic crashes cost countries an estimated 3% of GDP.


Therefore, reducing road traffic injuries and fatalities must be a major public health priority.

United Nations

The United Nations General Assembly set an ambitious target to cut the number of road traffic deaths in half by 2030.

To achieve

To achieve this, a variety of strategies will need to be implemented. Most road accidents are caused by driver behavior.


One such intervention is the installation of speed bumps, which are small raised areas designed to slow vehicles to about 15-20 miles per hour. Another form of intervention is sobriety check points, which are often found at intersections.  

These programs may not only raise awareness of traffic safety issues, but they also may improve knowledge of the different types of traffic signs. However, more research is needed to determine the effectiveness of these initiatives.   Various enforcement interventions have been shown to be effective.  

Driver training

Driver training programs are usually composed of thirty hours of classroom education and six hours of on-the-road instruction. During the first six months after completing a program, trained drivers had fewer crashes and violations. The second and fourth six months, however, were not significantly different. Across the entire program, the trained drivers had fewer crashes by 8.8%. 


Although there are many studies to determine the effectiveness of driver training, these findings are inconsistent. Several of the studies studied in the 1990s failed to detect a 5% reduction in the number of crashes.