European Road Safety Charter

Getafe Town Council "Local Police"

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What are you doing/aiming to do for road safety? 

Through the objectives listed below, our aim is to reduce the rate of accidents on urban streets in our municipality, generating a series of values and attitudes among citizens that are reflected in appropriate civic behaviour and road use, as a reference point for respecting rules, tolerance and problem free co-existence by all public highway users who are drivers, pedestrians or passengers. Over the next three years (2008-2011) the aim is to reduce the number of traffic victims and accidents by half. To do this, we will carry out the following:
School Road Safety Education Programmes:Road safety is being taught in the 32 schools in our municipality as part of the Infant and Primary Education Road Safety Programme, as follows:
Infant education (5 years) with three theory-practical classes given in the classroom to a total of 1,341 pupils.
Primary education (10 years) with two theory classes given in the classroom to a total of 1,250 pupils.
Primary education (11-12 years) with two theory classes given in the classroom and one practical class given in the children’s traffic park. This consists of 1,321 pupils using bicycles or karts and applying the traffic regulations learnt in the theory classes.

Road safety conferences will be given in the 20 secondary schools (public, semi-private and private schools) that form part of the road safety programme related to traffic issues (use of helmets, drinking and driving, accidents, respecting and following traffic regulations).
Conferences and debates at centres for the elderly, expanding upon the current Road Safety Programme for the Elderly.
Our department’s Special Education Programme will be carried out in centres in the municipality for the physically and mentally disabled (A.P.A.N.I.D).
At the moment, a programme is being taught for obtaining moped driving licences. This consists of theory classes on general traffic regulations with a view to subsequently taking the official exam set by the Provincial Transport Department in Madrid at local police premises, as agreed with them. When the person has been given a licence, practical moped classes are then performed in the children’s traffic park (P.I.T.).
Every year, a Road Safety Day is held. On this day, all schools participating in the primary school programme choose a pupil from year 6 who will represent his or her school by performing theory and practical tests in the children’s traffic park. Two pupils will then be chosen to represent the municipality in the National Road Safety Contest in children’s traffic parks.
Working with other municipal departments (education, youth, sports, etc.), by setting up a mobile children’s traffic park at popular events (day of the child, rights celebration day, bicycle day, European car-free day, etc.).
Working with other municipalities for youth road safety training and the loaning of material for mobile traffic parks or our permanent park facilities so that young people can practise.
As part of the traffic responsibilities of this local police force, the following actions will be performed and extended:
Working with the Department of Transport in all campaigns related to road safety (use of helmets, seatbelts, child restraint systems in cars, speed control and drink driving).
Local campaigns (Christmas, Easter, summer, etc.) related to road safety (drinking and driving checks, helmets, monitoring use of mobile phones while driving, seatbelts, documentation and driver checks).
Traffic regulation at local school entrance and exit times.
We will improve traffic regulation by implementing traffic surveillance video systems, given that a traffic control centre is being installed.