Scout Name: _________________________________________________ Unit #: _______________ Date: _______________
Requirements Last Revised: 1/1/02 Traffic Safety - Page 1 of 13
Merit Badge Requirements
1) Do the following:
A) Make a scrapbook containing 10 newspaper articles about serious traffic crashes. Prepare a summary table of facts in the
articles indicating the number of people injured, the number killed, type of crash (single vehicle, head-on collision, etc.), time
of occurrence, age of the driver, whether alcohol or drugs were involved, use of safety belts, and other factors that were
reported to have contributed to the crash (weather conditions, fatigue, construction, etc.). Discuss how these crashes could
have been prevented.
B) Describe how alcohol affects the human body and why this is a problem for safely driving a motor vehicle. Research the
legal blood alcohol concentration in your state and the consequences of driving while intoxicated.
C) Describe at least four factors to be considered when an engineer designs a road or highway. Explain how roadside
hazards and road conditions contribute to the occurrence and seriousness of traffic crashes.
D) Explain why a driver who is fatigued should not operate a motor vehicle. Describe how volunteer drivers can plan to be
alert when transporting Scouting participants.
2) Do the following:
A) Identify the different types of occupant restraint systems used in motor vehicles. Describe how they work and their
purpose for safety. Demonstrate how to properly wear lap and shoulder belts. Explain why it is important for drivers and
passengers to wear safety belts at all times.
B) List five safety features found in motor vehicles besides occupant restraint systems. Describe each feature, how each
works, and how each contributes to safety.
3) Do the following to show your knowledge of car care