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Celebrating your birthday by dedicating it to road safety - The Gambia

Celebrating your birthday by dedicating it to road safety - The Gambia

Birthdays need no explanation, they are celebrated in nearly every culture worldwide as an auspicious occasion. When you're average youngster turns 25, they often get their friends together, have a party, drink some beers and cut a cake, but not Siaka K Dba but then Siaka is not your average 25 year old. He set a new precedent for socially conscious young people by dedicating his birthday to road safety. Read about it here.

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Are you eligible for FREE entry to the Global Road Safety Film Festival?

Are you eligible for FREE entry to the Global Road Safety Film Festival?

The Global Road Safety Film Festival is the most celebrated and prestigious festival for road safety film makers in the world. This year, for the first time ever, LASER International have joined forces with YOURS to launch the Youth Category to the festival which is FREE for youth and road safety entries!

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Get creative: Take a picture for the Long Short Walk with a designed board

Get creative: Take a picture for the Long Short Walk with a designed board

This year we have launched the youth edition of the Long Short Walk. So if you consider yourself an artsy type or if you love taking photos (both is even better), then this campaign is for you! All you have to do is download our board, either design it or not, write your message on it and take a picture.

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Killer Crotches - a clever approach to combat texting while driving

Killer Crotches - a clever approach to combat texting while driving

By now, we should all know the dangers of texting while driving. It is an issue that has been spearheaded in North America and recognized as a serious issue facing young people around the world. Texting while driving falls into the 'distracted driving' risk factor of road safety and since mobile phones entered the vehicle, campaigns have been springing up to combat this issue. Killer Crotches is a unique campaign from Alberta, Canada.

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Make road safety a policy priority - Guardian Development

Make road safety a policy priority - Guardian Development

A recent article on the Guardian's Global Development focus; globl road safety in focus, illustrates the importance of governments and multi-sector partners to put road safety at the forefront of their transport and safety agendas to ensure that a increasing loss of life is not continued in developing countries. We the youth, as the most affected social group call upon these actors to implement safety policies around the world

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Road safety through the vibrancy of a carnival - Vida Urgente

Road safety through the vibrancy of a carnival - Vida Urgente

The colours of the Brazillian Carnival are a great metaphor for young people around the world. The carnival depicts diversity, vibrancy, energy, positivity and fun! So approaching this event with a road safety message through the same rainbow of colour and energy has been a successful method in engaging young people in a road safety message. Read more about it here!

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President Obama calls for a repairing of road infrastructure across US

President Obama calls for a repairing of road infrastructure across US

Reparing infrastructure is important to get people to work, an efficient transport system means that people get travel easily and get to where they need to go without hinderance. However, a good road infrastructure system also means safer roads as long as safety is put on the agenda when repairing roads.

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Happy Valentines Day - Don't forget to keep your loved one safe!

Happy Valentines Day - Don't forget to keep your loved one safe!

Many argue that Valentine's day is just an over commercialized profit driven event but for youngsters around the world, its often a time for them to do something special amidst the turmoil of exams, school, university and other pressures of young life. The premise behind it is to take a bit of time out to make an extra special effort for your loved ones, or if your single, to enjoy it with other singletons! On this day, don't forget to keep each other safe on the road by following simple road safety steps.

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Are you ready for the Second UN Global Road Safety week?

Are you ready for the Second UN Global Road Safety week?

The Second UN Global Road Safety Week takes place on 6-12 May 2013. It is a great opportunity to call for action on its theme; pedestrian safety. As well as taking part in the Long Short Walk, this year's YOURS campaign iniated by the Zenani Mandela Campaign, you can take part in a range of activities to promote the week and call for pedestrian safety.

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An introduction to our Capacity Development Programme - new video!

An introduction to our Capacity Development Programme - new video!

We are always looking for news ways to simplify information and make it easier to capture our work. With this in mind, YOURS has just finished the production of a new video explaining the Capacity Development Programme! It takes a moment to explain our training programme and includes testimonials from our training participants. See if a training could benefit your organization.

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Brian's Column: Breaking the norm - religion & road safety in Africa

Brian's Column: Breaking the norm - religion & road safety in Africa

This month, Brian gives us the low down of African youth and road safety issues. He focuses on a poignant topic, the reflection that deaths are 'God's will' and therefore, were meant to happen. However, is that still the case if a young driver dies while he or she is drunk driving? What about if a pedestrian is hit by a speeding driver? Read Brian's take on a relgious approach that could foster road safety.

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Made a film for youth road safety? 2013 Global Film Festival is here!

Made a film for youth road safety? 2013 Global Film Festival is here!

The 2013 LASER Global Film Festival is taking place in April 2013. This year, LASER International have partnered with YOURS to launch the first ever 'Youth Category' to the festival inviting entries from around the world. Films produced by young people for young people in road safety or road safety messages targeted at young people are eligble to take part in the festiaval for FREE!

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YOURS launches the global youth involvement in Long Short Walk

YOURS launches the global youth involvement in Long Short Walk

It is a new year and a chance to kick start road safety action for the year ahead! Today, YOURS launches the global youth involvement in the Long Short Walk Campaign initaited by the Road Safety Fund and the Zenani Mandela Campaign. As YOURS, we are the youth of the world, active and passionate about road safety and this campaign offers an opportunity to show our commitment to road safety around the world! Take part!

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Obese drivers are more likely to die in road crashes - EMJ Report

Obese drivers are more likely to die in road crashes - EMJ Report

The Emergency Medical Journal, an online resource dedicated to researching breakthoughs in emergency medical care have recently reported on a study that shows drivers who are obese (those with high body mass indexes, BMI) are more likely to die in road crashes because of numerous factors; the design of the car to hold 'average' weight people, obese people's proper use of seatblets and underlying medical issues which can exacerbate crash effects.

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World Crossing Campaign of 2010 continues to inspire

World Crossing Campaign of 2010 continues to inspire

In 2010, YOURS launched its first ever global awareness campaign, the World Crossing Campaign. In this, young people from all over the world united in our video contest to show the world that young people are committed to road safety. After we chose the winner of that competition, Mr Siaka Dba of the Gambia, he ran his own road safety project with a small grant from YOURS. That project continues to inspire three years later.

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Road safety laws enacted for 1.6bn people thanks to RS10 Project

Road safety laws enacted for 1.6bn people thanks to RS10 Project

The Road Safety in 10 Countries Project (RS10) is a project funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies spearheaded by Mayor of New York Mr Mike Bloomberg. The four year project has, since 2010 enacted concrete road safety action which means 1.6bn people have benefitted from new road safety laws enacted by the programme. These impressive results look to increase as the programme continues!

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Brian's Column: Road safety back to basics - donkeys in Somalia

Brian's Column: Road safety back to basics - donkeys in Somalia

In the high income countries, road crashes have been decreasing over the years although it remains a big cause of death across the world. In Africa, road crashes are still disproportionately high with neglected infrastructure, road safety law and enforcement and safe vehicles. In Somalia, our regular columnist Brian talks about the efforts to make the rudimentary form of transport safer; donkey carts.

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Make people a priority in growing cities - Guardian Development

Make people a priority in growing cities - Guardian Development

Many parts of Africa are under constant development; more houses, more apartment buildings, more business towers and inevitably, more roads. However, as cities grow in many low and middle-income countries, road safety is being neglected when transport is developed leading to disastrous results. Tom Bishop, Africa director for Amend writes for Guardian Development about this area of focus in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania.

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Spotlight on: Rev Magazine - a UK young drivers' mag

Spotlight on: Rev Magazine - a UK young drivers' mag

Our first spotlight of the new year focuses on an innovative young drivers' magazine based in the UK. Its designer and creator, John Billington created the magazine to intertwine young people's passion for driving and cars with safe messages. This, added to a sleek, vibrant and youthful design makes it an attractive publication. We talk to Rev magazine's creator here.

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People in low-income areas at higher risk of being involved in a crash

People in low-income areas at higher risk of being involved in a crash

According to a new study out of Mc Master Univerisity, Canada, a professor warns that poorer areas of a country are at more risk of being involved in a road crash. We already know that low and middle income countries suffer a higher rate of road crashes in the world in a macro perspective but zooming into to a nation's economy suggests similarities.

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