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Do youth in the US think legal marijuana and driving is safe?

Do youth in the US think legal marijuana and driving is safe?

According to a new poll by Gallup, an American research company, only 30% of Americans believe that legalised use of marijuana will make drivers 'a lot less safe'. Some U.S. states have legalized marijuana for recreational and medicinal use which could see the rise of drug driving incidents increase. We give you the low down on drug driving.

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#SaveKidsLives Campaign continues on to Brasilia conference

#SaveKidsLives Campaign continues on to Brasilia conference

As you will know, we have been big supporters of the #SaveKidsLives campaign and have helped with its implementation over the past year. We are delighted to announce that the global community has really gotten behind the campaign and pushed the signature counter beyond half a million signatures! The campaign is to continue all the way up to the 2nd Global High Level Meeting in Brasilia, Brazil where the signatures and support will illustrate people's call to action. We are calling for road safety for all!

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Calling on Caribbean Youth - National Champions for Road Safety

Calling on Caribbean Youth - National Champions for Road Safety

Our Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean Region, Mr Erland George from Saint Lucia has been on the hunt for National Road Safety Champions in the Caribbean Region. Having already recruited champions in Guyana, Barbados, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago and Saint Lucia, Erland is now looking for champions in the rest of the region. Apply now to be part of this unique opportunity.

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Could smartwatches be a new danger behind the wheel?

Could smartwatches be a new danger behind the wheel?

Road safety campaigners are calling for a ban on the use of wearable technology, including smartwatches, by drivers. Smartwatches from high-tech giants Samsung, Sony, Motorola and LG - which can be used for calls, texts and calendar notifications - are for sale in New Zealand. Apple is releasing its Apple Watch here later this year. Laws banning drivers' use of phones - with an $80 fine and 20 demerit points - do not cover the use of wearable technology. Caroline Perry, of road safety charity Brake, said the law should be widened, stating motorists using smart technology on their watches while driving should face the same sanctions.

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If you knew how we saw you - 3 creative videos targeting UK youth

If you knew how we saw you - 3 creative videos targeting UK youth

As you will know, we are quite active on the Twittersphere and every so often, a Tweet comes along that has some awesome road safety targeted messages. This time, the campaign we are featuring comes from the UK and the West Midlands Road Safety Partnership. Three videos take a funny twist on a serious issue; wreckless and somewhat 'childish' behaviours on the road. As young people, sensation seeking behaviour or driving while distracted is not clever or funny and most people see it in a very annoying light.

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Brian's Column: Do we need Boda Boda training schools in Africa?

Brian's Column: Do we need Boda Boda training schools in Africa?

Brian is back with his regular monthly column on all things road safety in Africa, especially youth issues! This month he reflects on a personal experience of a road crash, with a boda boda driver. A scary experience that illustrated his experience in handling first aid situations as well as a reflection on what could change to stop dangrous road behaviours.

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YOURS awarded by MAPFRE Foundation in Madrid

YOURS awarded by MAPFRE Foundation in Madrid

FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE has announced its 2014 Social Awards. These international prizes recognize people and institutions that have made outstanding contributions for the benefit of society. This year there were over 450 nominations. The Jury selected YOURS unique Capacity Development Programme as the Best Road Safety initiative in 2014. The Award comes with a grant of 30,000 euros. Her Majesty Queen Sofía of Spain chaired the Award Ceremony on the 18th of June at the prestigious Casino of Madrid.

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YOURS wins best road safety initiative award!

YOURS wins best road safety initiative award!

Everybody at YOURS is incredibly excited to announce that our Capacity Development Programme can now be termed 'award winning' as the Fundación MAPFRE award us the Best Road Prevention and Safety Initiative. We are very happy to have our programme recognized and share this news with you all.

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Updates from the YOURS Training of Facilitators - Belize

Updates from the YOURS Training of Facilitators - Belize

The YOURS Training of Faciliators in Belize in well into the second week of training workshops as young Belizean leaders prepare to slip into their roles as Faciliators of Youth and Road Safety Workshops. After a week of theory based training through a highly interactive and a selection of participatory workshops, the youth approach the ending of their training programme and will end by runing pilot workshops with youth from across the country.

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Second Belize Training of Faciliators kicks off in Belize!

Second Belize Training of Faciliators kicks off in Belize!

In partnership with the Government of Belize and the Caribbean Development Bank, YOURS returns to Belize to train a second cadre of young faciltators specially selected from Belize's talented youth leaders. The training will train more than 16 youth to support the previous 20 trained last year to reach over 2,000 young Belizeans on road safety issues all aropund the country.

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Brian's Column: Road safety in African consultations

Brian's Column: Road safety in African consultations

Bran is back with his monthly column straight after appointing the National Youth Champions for Road Safety in Anglophone Africa. He's back to reflect on his YOURS involvement in adolescent health consultations championed by the WHO in Johannesburg, South Africa. He offers some insights on the process in the mean time!

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YOURS participates in WHO Consultation on Adolescent Health

YOURS participates in WHO Consultation on Adolescent Health

Last week, YOURS was invited by the World Health Organization's Adolescent Health Department to discuss a broad range of health issues facing youth. As part of a consultation on determinants for adolescent health, YOURS joined a range of youth leaders from sexual and reproductive health to substance abuse. The WHO consultation served as a consultation on the forthcoming report on Global Strategy for Women's, Children's, and Adolescents' Health as well as a youth scorecard on health determinants.

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Are you ready for the Third UN Global Road Safety Week?

Are you ready for the Third UN Global Road Safety Week?

As you will know by now, the Third UN Global Road Safety kicks off this Sunday 4th May taking us up to 10th May for a full week of road safety action and awareness raising. The theme for this week is children and road safety with the flagship campaign #SaveKidsLives. If you haven't taken part already, make the week a chance to get as many signatures for the campaign and take a stand for road safety, there was never a better opportunity!

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Brazilian Football says #SaveKidsLives - David Luiz becomes ambassador!

Brazilian Football says #SaveKidsLives - David Luiz becomes ambassador!

Exciting news comes from Brazil as Michelin and Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF) supports the #SaveKidsLives Campaign and place it within a footballing context for mass support. The collaboration aims to bring in 100,000 Brazilian signatures in support of the Child Declaration for road safety, which will be delivered to the Brazilian government.

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Announcing the YOURS National Champions: Anglophone Africa

Announcing the YOURS National Champions: Anglophone Africa

Our Regional Cooridnator for Anglohpone Africa, Mr Brian Bilal Mwebaze has been incredibly busy recruiting National Youth Champions for Road Safety in 14 countries across Africa. These champions help us to be even closer to youth on the ground as well as build on our team capacity. We welcome fifteen youth to the YOURS roster joining the CORE Group, Ambassadors and YOURS Staff to tackle the road safety crisis facing youth.

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A new tool available to promote #SaveKidsLives!

A new tool available to promote #SaveKidsLives!

Our Founding Member Michelin is an international beacon for road safety awareness, investment and resposibility. More recently, a2om teamed up with Michelin to develop a set of materials that gives parents the tools to sit down with their children and talk about key risk factors facing them on the road. The materials come in the form of a creative two page document.

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Aakash Shah joins YOURS as Global Ambassador: Post-2015 Agenda

Aakash Shah joins YOURS as Global Ambassador: Post-2015 Agenda

In our mission to promote youth and road safety issues across the world, a new member of the team comes aboard at YOURS with a specific and robust mission to embed youth into the forthcoming Post-2015 Development Agenda. Aakash Shah is young, passionate and talented young man who has previously worked closely on the MY World survey in India and continues to make strides for youth involvement in road safety. He joins YOURS' global team in a Global Ambassador position to bring awareness to the road safety crisis facing youth on an international platform.

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Ten Stategies for Keeping Children Safe on the Road - WHO Publish report

Ten Stategies for Keeping Children Safe on the Road - WHO Publish report

A new report from the World Health Organization recommends ten road traffic injury prevention strategies for protecting children. The report, ‘Ten Strategies for Keeping Children Safe on the Road’ is published today in advance of the 3rd UN Global Road Safety Week on May 4-11 and contributes towards the #SaveKidsLives campaign.

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What kind of driver are you raising? - Australian Campaign from TAC

What kind of driver are you raising? - Australian Campaign from TAC

Parents who expose their children to dangerous and aggressive driving are being targeted in a new road safety campaign, aimed at changing bad driving behaviours that are passed onto young people. Road safety attitudes often start from a young age and when parents act is bad role models to their children, road safety attitudes are often adopted by youth later on in their lives.

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Hope for the most vulnerable: Zoleka Mandela on her child safety mission

Hope for the most vulnerable: Zoleka Mandela on her child safety mission

As part of the Huffington Post's Global Motherhood feature with the tagline One Story, One World; Zoleka Mandela, granddaughter of the late great Nelson Mandela writes about her experience in road safety. Zoleka has been a passionate road safety advocate since the tragic death of her daughter Zenani, who died on a South African Road. Her piece in the Huffington Post draws poignant attention on the need to protect the most vulnerable in the world; children and places focus on the #SaveKidsLives campaign.

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