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Smooth music makes for safer drivers - the science behind it?

Smooth music makes for safer drivers - the science behind it?

According to another study by an insurer, the types of music you listen to makes a big difference on driver behaviour. We have featured this idea before and it seems to be a recurring topic that is stimulating debate on driver behaviour and in car music.

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MENTOR-VIP: Applications for 2014-15 cycle now open‏ with WHO

MENTOR-VIP: Applications for 2014-15 cycle now open‏ with WHO

MENTOR-VIP is a global injury and violence prevention mentoring programme. It has been developed through the efforts of WHO and a network of global injury prevention experts. Mentoring allows for skills development through exchange of experience between a more skilled or experienced person and a person seeking to develop those skills.

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CORE Group Vacancies Deadline Extended to 12th February 2014!

CORE Group Vacancies Deadline Extended to 12th February 2014!

After numerous requests for a deadline extension, we have taken the decision to extend our deadline by one week to the 12th February 2014. The CORE Group is a global posting at YOURS where COordinators of the REgions (CORE Group) hold for two years on selection. Our last CORE Group did an outstanding job in building the YOURS Network and expanding our reach but their term (2011-2013) has now come to an end and we are now recruiting for a brand new CORE Group.

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Brian's Column: Your skull isn’t made of diamond! Use your helmet!

Brian's Column: Your skull isn’t made of diamond! Use your helmet!

In this month's edition, Brian' column focuses on the importance of the helmet! In many parts of the world, motorcycle use has rapidly increased yet protective measures have not gone hand in hand. Brian explains the importance of helmet usage on two wheels and explores some myths behind its none-use.

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Spotlight: Youth for Public Transport - Promoting Sustainability

Spotlight: Youth for Public Transport - Promoting Sustainability

Every so often, YOURS features an organization within its network that is carrying our exceptional work. Youth for Public Transport (Y4PT) are an organization promoting sustainable transport in natural and urban environments. We feature their work here.

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Online library of road safety PSAs now available - WHO

Online library of road safety PSAs now available - WHO

YOURS was recently involved in a project to assist the World Health Organization in identifying public service announcements (PSAs) for road safety. The finished result is a searchable online database of effective road safety PSAs from around the world illustrating impactful road safety campaigns.

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Transforming Transportation for More Inclusive, Prosperous Cities

Transforming Transportation for More Inclusive, Prosperous Cities

Leaders in the transport, development, and for the first time, business sectors convened for Transforming Transportation this month in Washington, DC.Leaders in the transport, development, and for the first time, business sectors convened for Transforming Transportation in Washington, DC. A major focus was placed on 'Sustainable Transport' with an additional focus on road safety.

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2,000 Belizean Youths to Benefit - CDB Youth and Road Safety Project

2,000 Belizean Youths to Benefit - CDB Youth and Road Safety Project

We are incredibly excited to announce that YOURS will be delivering a major road safety programme in Belize in the Caribbean. 2,000 Belizean youths between ages 16-29 are expected to benefit from a USD157,000 Youth and Road Safety Capacity Building Project jointly funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of Belize (GOBZ).  

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Roads kill: The toll of traffic accidents is rising in poor countries

Roads kill: The toll of traffic accidents is rising in poor countries

An interactive flash map from the Pulitzer Center has been published and illustrates the number of deaths on a countries road per 100,000 citizens allowing us to see a comparison of deaths between rich and poor parts of the world. The global road death toll has already reached 1.24 million per year and is on course to triple to 3.6 million per year by 2030. In the developing world, where this pandemic has hit hardest, it will become the fifth leading cause of death, leapfrogging past HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other familiar killers, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) most recent Global Burden of Disease study.

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Vacancies now open for CORE Group applications - Apply now!

Vacancies now open for CORE Group applications - Apply now!

The CORE Group is a global posting at YOURS where COordinators of the REgions (CORE Group) hold for two years on selection. Our last CORE Group did an outstanding job in building the YOURS Network and expanding our reach but their term (2011-2013) has now come to an end and we are now recruiting for a brand new CORE Group.

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UK research shows young male drivers pose safety risk

UK research shows young male drivers pose safety risk

New research form the United Kingdom proposes that male drivers pose more safety risk than their female counterparts. This has been deduced from the number of 'points' on male drivers' licenses than females and reflects international knowledge that male drivers take more risk and pose a more danger on the roads all around the world.

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In memory of Dr Daouda Sagna - global road safety champion

In memory of Dr Daouda Sagna - global road safety champion

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of our beloved friend and colleague, Dr Daouda Sagna of LASER International based in Dakar, Senegal. Daouda was a much valued friend, colleague and global road safety champion and dedicated much of his life to the cause.

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Brian's Column: Is #roadsafety part of your new year’s resolutions?

Brian's Column: Is #roadsafety part of your new year’s resolutions?

Brian, our regular columnist from Uganda is back for another year to talk about all things road safety in Africa. In this column, he focuses on places road safety as a new year resolution and being conscious of being safe so as you can continue to bring in many more new years to come!

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Distracted Driving, Josh's Story - the real impact of a life lost

Distracted Driving, Josh's Story - the real impact of a life lost

The London Health Science Center in Ontario, Canada recently shared a heart wrenching story of distracted driving that profoundly affected a family in 2009. Josh, a popular and talented man young man was in the prime of his life, a life which was cut short in an instance because of distracted driving.

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Happy New Year! - let's make 2014 the year of action

Happy New Year! - let's make 2014 the year of action

Everybody at YOURS wishes you a big warm welcome to 2014 and as we say goodbye to the great year of 2013, we look ahead to a year of road safety action all across the world. Our mission to create a world where young people are safe on the roads is stronger than ever and the road safety flame burns strong, igniting new beacons of action around the world as we continue our work and look ahead to the new year.

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Update from the European Youth Forum for Road Safety

Update from the European Youth Forum for Road Safety

At the end of November, our European CORE Group Representative Mr. Axel Druart hosted and chaired the European Youth Forum for Road Safety (EYFRS) in partnrship with the province of Crotone, Italy. The forum is a regular European Event organized by Responsible Young Drivers Belgium and supported by the European Commission. We give you an update here!

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New Turkish road safety campaign warns of risks of speeding!

New Turkish road safety campaign warns of risks of speeding!

The World Health Organization and the Government of Turkey have launched a new campaign to prevent speeding on Turkey’s roads. “Think About Consequences, Slow Down Your Speed”, released under the banner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Programme, aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to speeding.

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Prince Michael Road Safety Awards - international winners

Prince Michael Road Safety Awards - international winners

HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO is Patron of the Commission for Global Road Safety. Since 1987 The Prince’s Awards have given public recognition to those who have improved road safety throughout Britain. Now the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards recognise outstanding achievement and innovation world-wide.

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Kenya Training of Facilitators is complete! Time for follow up...

Kenya Training of Facilitators is complete! Time for follow up...

On Friday 6th December the YOURS Training of Facilitators completed its two week programme in Nairobi, Kenya! The programme was an incredible success with 14 youth leaders from a range of local and national Kenyan NGOs trained on key road safety theory and facilitation skills.

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As many as 500,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries via RTIs

As many as 500,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries via RTIs

 As many as 500 000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year. People with spinal cord injuries are 2 to 5 times more likely to die prematurely, with worse survival rates in low- and middle-income countries. The new WHO report, "International perspectives on spinal cord injury", summarizes the best available evidence on the causes, prevention, care and lived experience of people with spinal cord injury.

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