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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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Take part in WHO photo competition for adolescent health - win $US 1000!

Take part in WHO photo competition for adolescent health - win $US 1000!

As part of its work with young people, the World Health Organization is putting together a report on the health of the world's adolescents. The report will look at the health and development of adolescents, present summaries of what is known about adolescent health – including what promotes or undermines their health – and how communities and countries are meeting adolescents’ needs for health and development. As part of that report, the WHO is reaching out to young people to take part in their adolescent health photo competition.

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Update from the online chat on Youth and the Post-2015 Agenda

Update from the online chat on Youth and the Post-2015 Agenda

On Thursday (18th July 2013), The Center for American Progress ran a social media chat on Youth and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. It focused on the important role young people will play in shaping and realizing the Post-2015 Development Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are happy to announce that the efforts of our partners and youth network brought road safety to the discussion with a question posed to the panel and answered by the chair of the discussion.

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Take part in tomorrow's online chat on Youth and the Post-2015 Agenda

Take part in tomorrow's online chat on Youth and the Post-2015 Agenda

Tomorrow (Thursday 18th July 2013) The Center for American Progress is running a social media chat on Youth and the Post-2015 Agenda. It takes place at 08:30 EST (13:30 BST) The panel’s report recognizes in particular the important role young people will play in shaping and realizing the post-2015 agenda. We call upon our youth network to take part and bring road safety to the table!

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Announcing our new CORE Group member for the Russian Federation!

Announcing our new CORE Group member for the Russian Federation!

We are delghted to announce that YOURS has appointed a new CORE Group Member for the Russian Federation. Mr Alexander Revskiy (aged 28), who works for Road Safety Russia. The size of Russia makes it almost a continent in its self and while the country originally fell under our European remit, we have decided that appointing a country representative to navigage its vast geography will enable us to be closer to the region.

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An update from Kenya: Road safety passion still strong in our participants!

An update from Kenya: Road safety passion still strong in our participants!

It has been six months since we ran the full two week programme of the Training of Facilitators in Nairobi Kenya. The interactive, intensive and practical training gave 11 Kenyan leaders in road safety the opportunity to become trained facilitators and run training sessions with their peers on road safety risk factors facing them in their country. Now, six months on, we have reflect on the training and hear from a few of our participants.

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Brian's Column: The ‘Marry Me’ trick to road safety funding

Brian's Column: The ‘Marry Me’ trick to road safety funding

In many parts of the world, coupling road safety with other occasions can offer a great opportunity for partnerships! In this column, Brian talks about joining forces with organizations around a time that they are drawing up their financial budgets and wanting to invest in youth orientated road safety work!

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Vote for road safety and better transport in the UN Global Survey

Vote for road safety and better transport in the UN Global Survey

MY World is a global survey for citizens led by the United Nations. It aims to capture people's voices, priorities and views, so that global leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining a new development agenda for the world. The global road safety community insist that road safety and better transport should be on this global agenda and you can vote to make it happen!

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Update from North America - NOYS celebrate activities for road safety

Update from North America - NOYS celebrate activities for road safety

Our new CORE Group Member for North America, Ms Emily Reynolds has swung into full action in her new position and is already making great strides in expanding our Global Youth Network in her region. As a representative of NOYS, the National Organization for Youth Safety in America, Emily gives us an update on recent activites from the region.

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