Time to re-think our approach to roadsafety education?
Submission Date: 2019
In other health-related fields, education regarding risky behaviours has progressed from abstinence-only (“don’t do it”) messaging to harm reduction approaches. The latter does not preclude the “abstinence is safest” message, but acknowledges that risks can be inevitable and, therefore, also includes education on ways to reduce potential harms should the risky behaviour occur. Wide adoption of this approach regarding alcohol and other drug use, for example, is associated with improved safety behaviour and reduced harm. We argue road safety education is generally limited to abstinence-only approaches and question whether it is time also to take a harm reduction approach.