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Distracted Driving: Simpler distractions can also be risky

Distracted Driving: Simpler distractions can also be risky

Perhaps you’ve heard the claim that talking on the phone while driving is as risky as driving drunk. Indeed, a driving simulator study found “profound” impairments in both cellphone chatters and in people with a blood alcohol level of 0.08. But here’s the surprising thing: It doesn’t seem to make a difference whether drivers are using hand-held phones or hands-free systems. What matters is simply that they are talking with someone outside the car.

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Brian's Column: Reporting back from Kenya workshop

Brian's Column: Reporting back from Kenya workshop

Our monthly columnist Mr. Brian Bilal Mwebaze joins in the new year reflecting on his experiences in road safety in Africa. Brian recently visited Nairobi, Kenya to partake in the 1 st Africa Road Safety Data Workshop . He shares some of his learning from the workshop here.  

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#HomeForDinner: Teen from New Zealand shares a message

#HomeForDinner: Teen from New Zealand shares a message

A teen from Hamilton, New Zealand has shown the power of genuine social media messaging and taking action for road safety. After experiencing loss due to road crashes, the 14 year old turned to what he knew, social media, to share a geniune message about keeping safe and making it #HomeForDinner. The message has gone viral and shared thousands of times. We celebrate his creativity and action for responsible road use here.

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Can Mumbai shed its reputation as the ‘car crash capital’?

Can Mumbai shed its reputation as the ‘car crash capital’?

One person is killed on Mumbai’s roads every 15 hours. In an attempt to get a grip on the chaos, the police are going digital – recording fines electronically and installing CCTV. But will it stop people taking risks?  WHO estimates 207,551 deaths on the road in 2013 (Global Status Report on Road Safety, 2015) with 16.6 deaths per 100,000 citizens in the country. Compared with European countries such as the UK that currently operates at 2.9 deaths per 100,000 citizens, India still faces a road safety crisis.

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Winter and festive season road safety tips - stay safe this Xmas

Winter and festive season road safety tips - stay safe this Xmas

In a big proportion of the world, the end of year festive season is a time of holidays, family, friends and often crazy weather conditions. Unless you're in the Western Pacific or deep in Asia, a lot of the world will be experiencing intense cold weather and perhaps even snow. (Who's dreaming of a white Christmas?). During the holiday period, many of us also have time off work and spend time with our loved ones and sometimes, this means more drink - but don't forget road safety!

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Youth activists share their inspiring road safety stories - Safe Kids Summit

Youth activists share their inspiring road safety stories - Safe Kids Summit

The Safe Roads | Safe Kids Summit is a biennial event designed to significantly enhance the visibility of global road safety on the international agenda and to reduce the number of deaths and injuries among children. The Summit offers stakeholders at all levels the opportunity to work together in a manner that is action-oriented and focused on meaningful outcomes, including international organizations, governments, corporations, foundations, researchers, non-governmental organizations, health care workers, first responders, law enforcement, families and children.

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Belizean youth leaders create waves of road safety action with their peers

Belizean youth leaders create waves of road safety action with their peers

Since 2014 we have been working with a super talented group of young people to develop road safety amongst youth in Belize. Over the two year period, we trained two cohorts of youth leaders in Belize in road safety theory affecting youth, fundamentals of peer education and facilitation alongside some key campainging skills. The project, championed and sponsored by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of Belize (GOBZ) was timely, coinciding with infrastrcuture development in the country to improve Belize's overall road safety system.

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UNRSC Updates - 4th UN Global Road Safety Week and Online Platform

UNRSC Updates - 4th UN Global Road Safety Week and Online Platform

The 22nd Meeting of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) took place recently and included updates from members in the world of global road safety. Part of the meeting was dedicated to the United Nations Global Road Safety Week, which is set for May 2017. The theme for the week is speed ; the promotion of mesaures to reduce speed to save lives.

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New campaign says

New campaign says "rethink travel speed" - TAC Australia

The Transport Accident Commission has launched a provocative new campaign urging Victorians to rethink the speeds they drive at. The Rethink Speed campaign features a television advertisement reminding Victorians that speed doesn’t always cause crashes but it always determines the level of injuries sustained. It depicts seven different outcomes in an incident between a young boy on a bike and a car approaching at seven different speeds.

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Reporting back from GRSP Africa Road Safety 2016

Reporting back from GRSP Africa Road Safety 2016

Africa Road Safety 2016 marked the 5th GRSP road safety event in Africa since 2012. The event this year was held in Durban, South Africa. Under the banner, 'The Challenges for Communities, Cities, Companies and Countries', GRSP and partners brought together  120 stakeholders from more than 20 countries representing government, civil society, research bodies and the private sector for a comprehensive event comprising a range of stimulating capability building workshops, keynote addresses, high level panel discussions and plenary sessions over two full days.

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Kasi Road Safety - youth road safety action in South Africa!

Kasi Road Safety - youth road safety action in South Africa!

We spoke with the KASI Team recently at the GRSP Africa Summit in Durban, South Africa. They told us all about their innovative youth based work in preventing road crashes, particularly int he townships of South Africa. Through a range of creative means, from exhibitions to school visits and beyond, the KASI team are a great example of youth taking action for road safety. 

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Greener, more efficient and sustainable transport will save trillions of dollars

Greener, more efficient and sustainable transport will save trillions of dollars

Greater investment in greener, more sustainable transport systems is essential for propelling the economic and social development that is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, according to an expert panel report delivered to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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Brian's Column: Indicate where you’re headed, it will give you direction!

Brian's Column: Indicate where you’re headed, it will give you direction!

Our regular columnist and pundit on all things youth and road safety in Africa is back to talk about his recent experiences. His article focuses on the simple act of indicating. Whether in a vehicle or on two wheels, indication is a fundamental language that communicates intentions to other road users. So why is it that people often neglect it?

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The New Urban Agenda adopted in Quito, Ecaudor - road safety included

The New Urban Agenda adopted in Quito, Ecaudor - road safety included

This century will see a substantial majority of the world’s population living in urban centers. The Habitat III Conference had, at its mission, the adoption of a New Urban Agenda—an action-oriented document setting global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors at all levels of government as well as the private sector. The Agenda has been adopted and specific reference to road safety, child health and urban  mobility have been included!

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Get 20% off the EASST Academy Course for road safety managers.

Get 20% off the EASST Academy Course for road safety managers.

Developed by EASST in partnership with Cranfield University and IRU Academy, this course is delivered online through 10 video lectures led by industry experts. Real examples are used throughout with accompanying material to read as you go. Rather than dry academic learning - this course is blended with case studies, animation videos and quizzes.

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Distracted driving ad has haunting plot twist - by AT&T, USA

Distracted driving ad has haunting plot twist - by AT&T, USA

For a full three minutes, AT&T's latest PSA-style ad lets you think it might be the one distracted driving message that doesn't end in tragedy. A cheerful father dutifully ignores his buzzing phone as he drives three laughing young girls to the pool — each vibration ratcheting up the underlying suspense.

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Check out Easst Academy - an online course for road safety managers

Check out Easst Academy - an online course for road safety managers

Developed by EASST in partnership with Cranfield University and IRU Academy, this course is delivered online through 10 video lectures led by industry experts. Real examples are used throughout with accompanying material to read as you go. Rather than dry academic learning - this course is blended with case studies, animation videos and quizzes.

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Halving road deaths and injuries by 2020 - African RS 2016

Halving road deaths and injuries by 2020 - African RS 2016

The Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) and its partners will be working together to bring to the African continent Africa Road Safety 2016, 31 Oct - 2 Nov, in Durban, South Africa . This comprehensive capability building conference, our 5th annual event in Africa, will provide delegates with a range of stimulating capability building workshops, keynote addresses, high level panel discussions and plenary sessions over two full days with an invitational event for private sector organizations on day three. There will also be opportunities to cast an eye back to the 2015 conference, attended by delegates from 33 African countries, to investigate outcomes from return participants.

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Dad's Ride - an emotional campaign from our youth champions in Brazil

Dad's Ride - an emotional campaign from our youth champions in Brazil

Recently, our longstanding youth champions from Brazil, Vida Urgente released a new video to mark their 20th year of operation as one of the foremost youth organizations working in the field of road safety in the region. Their new video entitled, 'Dad's Ride' is both realistic, touching and memorable and we encourage you to view and share it.

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