Secondary school students could soon be taught Road Safety in school.
Education Minister Norma Foley has written to the RSA for guidance on the proposed plan, following a series horrific tragedies on Irish roads.
As of today, the death toll for 2023 motor incidents stands at 130 people.
In Ireland, RSA research found that 1 in 14 people use their mobile phone at least sometimes while driving to take photos/videos to share on social media.
You are 4 times more likely to be involved in a road collision if you use a mobile phone while driving.#VisionZero pic.twitter.com/MzeklDsmiM
— RSA Ireland (@RSAIreland) September 9, 2023
Blake Boland of AA Ireland thinks it's a good idea, and it could even be extended into colleges.
"Even just reminder, or refreshers or advertising campaigns for the whole population as to road safety and how to go about this in the best way would be well."
However, those on the ground argue it could be hard to fit it into the curriculum.
Ray Silke is a teacher at Coláiste Iognáid in Galway. He says while it could be hard for Leaving Cert students to squeeze in, it would be a welcome addition to the transition year programme.
Ray also believes older drivers need to show a better example to young people.
"If we really want to be honest, I think a lot of it is from learned behaviour from their peers and from their parents.
Like you can see people on their mobile phones.
You see people texting on their mobile phones.
We need to try and model that behaviour.
But, unfortunately, speed is a huge factor in all of the crashes.
Speed, that's the bigger thing."