For the 8th consecutive year children from 16 countries have taken part in a day of practical road safety exercises organised by the International Road Safety Association.
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Background: For the 8th consecutive year children from 16 countries have taken part in a day of practical road safety exercises organised by the International Road Safety Association. Paris was this year's venue.
A cup sponsored by the European Conference of Transport Ministers is awarded each year to the national team which displays best practical use of road safety knowledge. Each team is made up of four youngsters, under 15 years of age, one policeman, and one Road Safety Association delegate.
The event was first held in France in 1963 and has since been held in the Netherlands, West Germany, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, and Spain. Next year the venue will be in Portugal.
Some of the day's events were held at the Paul Valery College and others, involving team policemen, in the Paris Floral Park. The children obviously relished the opportunity of pitting their wits in simulated traffic conditions, but were also required to answer a brief theoretical examination.
Events such as this annual competition are not only providing young children with an interest, but more importantly an incentive to put road safety knowledge into practice.