El Salvador’s Commitment to Child Road Safety: A Step Forward with New Training Program.

The government of President Nayib Bukele continues to prioritize road safety for its citizens, particularly its youngest members. To ensure the safety of children on the roads, the Vice Minister of Transportation, Nelson Reyes, alongside the Director of the National Fund for Traffic Accidents (FONAT), Paola Bardi, and the Director of Traffic, Alfredo Alvayero, inaugurated the Child Passenger Road Safety Training Program for Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We understand that child road safety is a multifaceted commitment that requires a holistic approach,” stated Paola Bardi, the Director of FONAT. “From early childhood through adolescence, there are various safe mobility practices that can be implemented in our country, whether we are traveling by car, motorcycle, or public transport,” she added.

Alfredo Alvayero, Director of Traffic at the Ministry of Transportation (VMT), explained, “We are commencing this phase of the Child Passenger Road Safety course for Latin America, which is the second part following an earlier online course.” This program involves training technicians from various institutions with specialized knowledge to ensure safe mobility for children and adolescents.

Nelson Reyes, the Vice Minister of Transportation, emphasized, “We are gearing up for the International Child Road Safety Forum (FISEVI), scheduled for April next year.” This international forum will provide a platform to exchange ideas and best practices in child road safety.

Mathías Silva, a representative from the Gonzalo Rodríguez Foundation, shed light on the program’s contents, stating, “The training program covers a wide range of topics crucial for the safety of child passengers in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Director Alvayero stressed the importance of trained individuals becoming knowledge ambassadors in their communities, emphasizing that this is a critical step towards achieving road safety for children.

The Salvadoran government’s commitment to child road safety underscores its dedication to protecting its youngest citizens and ensuring they can move about safely, whether in vehicles, on motorcycles, or using public transportation. As the training program progresses and experts are equipped with the knowledge they need, El Salvador is poised to set an example for the region in child road safety.