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Youth declarations for road safety now available to view in one place!

Youth declarations for road safety now available to view in one place!

In past years, YOURS has authored several youth declarations for road safety giving youth around the world a robust advocacy document to push for road safety at a governmental level. As we know, road safety is a multisectoral issue, meaning many of the different groups in society are required to work together to tackle different elements of road safety. With these declarations, young people have been able to lobby decision makers and open dialogue with those in power as well as their peers. We have now placed all declarations centrally available to view.

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Calling for safe and sustainable transport post-2015 - UN

Calling for safe and sustainable transport post-2015 - UN

Safe and sustainable transport must be part of the post-2015 development agenda, a High Level Session organised by UN-DESA, UN-HABITAT and the Ford Foundation was told. The session, which coincided with the opening of the UN General Assembly was led by the Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson-Miller, Zoleka Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela and global road safety campaigner, double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Dmitry Maksimychev. It was part of a Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport running over two days.

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The normal texts that cost real lives - a focus in Australia

The normal texts that cost real lives - a focus in Australia

We know that texting while driving is a serious threat facing the safety of young people everywhere. Texting behind the wheel requires a high level of concentration that takes our mind off the road with potentially tragic consquences. This is the case in an Australian focus where very 'normal' everyday text messages have taken the attention of drivers off the road for those split seconds leading to tragic crashes. These texts are seemingly innocent but reading them behind the wheel has had disastrous consequences. This study serves as a chilling reminder of the danger of texting and driving.

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Fixers Feature: Jordan Bone - A reminder to think twice

Fixers Feature: Jordan Bone - A reminder to think twice

We recently featured an article about Fixers, a unique UK based campaigning platform that gives young people the opportunity to tackle issues they feel passionate about. The forum, entitled 'Road Savvy' was a unique dialogue between passionate youth road safety advocates and decision makers. The young people involved in the event showed relentless energy and determination for road safety for a multitude of personal reasons and we were so impressed by their passion that we have teamed up with Fixers to spotlight each road safety campaigner. We start with the inspiring story of Jordan Bone.

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A free online road safety course from Johns Hopkins International

A free online road safety course from Johns Hopkins International

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) is pleased to offer for the first time a free, online training certificate program on Road Traffic Injury Prevention and Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (RTIP), hosted via the platform TRAMS. Comprised of seven multimedia educational modules, this comprehensive program covers a wide range of topics, from the basics of road traffic injury prevention to setting up injury surveillance systems, evaluating road safety interventions and influencing policy on road traffic injuries (RTIs).

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GTA V inspired road safety infographic focuses on UK statistics

GTA V inspired road safety infographic focuses on UK statistics

Grand Theft Auto, the incredibly popular and successful video game is definitely not known for promoting road safety. In fact, the game centers on stealing cars and driving them at high speeds around cities often ending in wrecks and fatalities. However, RED Driving School in the UK have capitalized on the recent launch of the smash hit game GTA V to release a road safety inspired infographic using the GTA comic book design.

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World First Aid Day celebrates 'First aid and road safety' with action

World First Aid Day celebrates 'First aid and road safety' with action

The World First Aid Day has been celebrated annually all around the globe for 13 years. The day acts as an chance to celebrate first aid and raise awareness about how important it is understand basic first aid which can save millions of lives the world over. This year, the World First Aid Day theme was 'first aid and road safety' acknowledging the huge safety issues surrounding the road.

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NOYS Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit to kick off

NOYS Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit to kick off

The 4th Annual NOYS Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit will kick off tomorrow (18th September 2013) with more than 150 youth and adults from across the country meeting for impactful presentation, interactive training activities and creative ways to fight distracted driving amongst young people. The event is taking place in Washington DC, USA and takes place over three days.

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Brian's Column: Hold my hand - a road safety method in Africa

Brian's Column: Hold my hand - a road safety method in Africa

Brian is back with a new column on all things road safety in Africa. Today he talks about the focus of the recent African Road Safety Conference, the promotion of 'hand holding' for the safety of pedestrians. The 'walking bus' is a concept being adopted around the world with school children to promote walking, safety and community. Read about it here!

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ITV Fixers UK – youth talking to power about road safety

ITV Fixers UK – youth talking to power about road safety

‘Young people using their own experience to fix their future’ is the tagline of this innovative media based campaigning platform called, Fixers.  Fixers is a movement of young people tackling issues they feel strongly about to make a difference to others in the UK. As an issue that cropped up time and again, road safety was the feature topic last week at a special ‘Fixer Nation’ event called Road Savvy, where a group of young people passionate about road safety came together to decide the key issues affecting them. They then presented them to the UK Transport Minister and a host of decision makers.

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The science of distracted driving and why it's just so dangerous

The science of distracted driving and why it's just so dangerous

A new article from Science Daily explains that talking while driving poses dangers that people seem unable to see. As a major contributor to road crashes worldwide, this epidemic is incredibly dangerous for a number of reasons. They are explored in science based study in the United States proposing ideas such as 'tunnel vision' and inattention blindness.

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YOURS Kenya facilitators continue workshops in the community

YOURS Kenya facilitators continue workshops in the community

Nearly one year has passed since we delivered the Kenya Training of Facilitators in Nairobi, Kenya at the back end on 2012. Since then, we have seen workshops delivered across the country and directed at the heart of the community. Hundreds of young Kenyans have already been reached through unique peer-to-peer workshops run by highly skilled trained facilitators with an approximate peer out reach of thousands through word of mouth and the filtering out of road safety messages in communities.

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Youth and cycling - new report states youth are distracted

Youth and cycling - new report states youth are distracted

SWOV - The Institute of Road Safety Research based in The Netherlands have published a new report focusing on the use of technology and cycling. The report suggests that young people are more likely to be distracted while cycling by music players, mobile technology and other distractions and offers recommendations of intervention to the use of technology.

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Are we being driven to distraction by new car technologies?

Are we being driven to distraction by new car technologies?

A vast proportion of high-income countries are benefiting from in car technology creating smarter cars, which are said to be all round safer and reliable than older cars. Advances in car technology have recent been featured at the 2013 Automotive Forum, organised by the Irish Motoring Writers' Association but warned new car technologies must take safety into consideration for the future of road safety. They warn of the dangers of distraction that new car technology can bring

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Tell WHO your road safety story - we need you support - take part!

Tell WHO your road safety story - we need you support - take part!

The World Health Organization is currently compiling information for a new adolescent health report for 2014. We think that road safety, as the biggest killer of young people globally, should feature prominently in this report and give it the attention it deserves as a serious health issue for young people globally. As part of that report, WHO is inviting young people aged 10-19 to submit their stories related to the topic, we ask for your support to get these stories together!

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New Report: Favourite music makes youth drive badly

New Report: Favourite music makes youth drive badly

According to new research, young people who drive and listen to their favourite music are more likely to drive badly on the road. This includes drivers committing a greater number of errors and miscalculations, according to a new study from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers that will be published in the October issue of Accident Analysis and Prevention. Read more here.

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We want your feedback! Take a survey about our website

We want your feedback! Take a survey about our website

We know that youth are diverse, energetic and vibrant and that's why we are constantly updating our website to make it appealing to a wide range of young people. We are always looking at ways to improve our website and make it more appealing and we want to know your opinions on our website! Take our survey today and give us your feedback, afterall, together we are YOURS.

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Youth road safety education workshop at Australasian conference

Youth road safety education workshop at Australasian conference

A special conference is taking place next week, the Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference is to be hosted in Brisbane from August 28 to 30, 2013. Our Western Pacific CORE Group Member - Mr Joel Tucker will attending the conferencing and representing YOURS in a dedicated workshop on engaging young people in road safety education.

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Brian’s Column: The wet roads of Africa call for water safety tips!

Brian’s Column: The wet roads of Africa call for water safety tips!

YOURS is back after a short summer break with an exclusive Brian's Column, our correspondent on youth and road safety issues in Africa. In this column, Brian talks about the African season where many roads are flooded and where road safety is partnered with water safety for young travellers all throughout the region. Read more about this phenomena here!

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RTIRN Small Grants Programme - Call for Research Proposals

RTIRN Small Grants Programme - Call for Research Proposals

The Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN), along with support with the World Bank, launches the "RTIRN Small Grants Program". This program is set to support the work of RTI researchers in Low and Middle income countries. Offering grants of $20,000 - $27,000 for high quality research in the prevention of road traffic injuries. Read more below.

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