Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English
In Budapest, the 33rd European Educational Competition in Studying and Complying with the Traffic Rules completed. Both teams representing the Russian Federation at the competition, young traffic inspectors from the Tyumen Region and the Republic of Tatarstan, climbed the winners’ pedestal, taking the first and second places respectively.
This year 24 teams from 23 countries took part in the competition. The Azerbaijani team and representatives of Tunisia participated for the first time. 10 to 12 year old children who came for the competition competed for several days in theoretical knowledge of traffic rules and practical skills of figure driving of a bicycle, analyzed real road situations.
As a result of the competition, the first place was won by the team of the Russian Automobile Federation (RAF), which was represented by schoolchildren from the Tyumen Region. This year two second places were awarded – to the team from Latvia and the team of the All-Russian Motorists’ Society (VOA), which was represented by school-students from Tatarstan. The third place was taken by the team from Serbia. In addition to the competitive program, the children went through educational stages and tests: each team solved a puzzle and decorated a bicycle helmet, the best of them was chosen by a general vote. Each participant was awarded a medal, and the winners received cups.
The European educational competition on traffic rules for children was first held in Germany in 1985. Russia has been taking part in it since 2002 and over the past several years has been annually winning prizes in these international competitions. In 2010, 2011 and 2015, Russian YTIs climbed to the highest step of the pedestal, winning gold medals; three more times they became silver prize-winners of the European competition. Last year, young traffic inspectors from Tatarstan and the Tyumen Region rose to the winners’ podium, finishing second and third respectively.
Representatives of the Russian State Traffic Safety Inspectorate congratulated the children on the victory at such a significant international event, noting that they had put a lot of effort into it and eventually performed with dignity. The traffic police expressed confidence that the winners of the European competition upon returning from the contest would continue working on the formation of a road culture in the children’s and adolescent environment and would become an example of law-abiding behavior on the roads not only for their peers but also for adult road users.