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Unlimited speed limits in Northern Australia? Say no and sign the petition!

Unlimited speed limits in Northern Australia? Say no and sign the petition!

As a key risk factor to road safety, we know that over speeding on the roads leads to a higher risk of crashes and a higher risk of death or serious injury on collision. The facts are clear, if you speed, you have less control over your car, less chance of braking on time and more chance of death on collision. However, in the Northern Territory of Australia, proposals to reintroduce 'unlimited speed limits' on rural roads has caused an uproar amongst road safety campaigners.

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Concerted support against drugged driving is important - GHSA USA

Concerted support against drugged driving is important - GHSA USA

In the United States alone, studies have indicated that drugged driving has lead to a shocking correlation causing nearly a quarter of fatal crashes. The Office of National Drug Control Policy has bolstered its support to raise awareness and closely work with Federal partners, state and local authorities, community groups and organizations across the country to reduce drugged driving in America.

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Brian's Column: The tale of traffic lights and traffic police in Africa

Brian's Column: The tale of traffic lights and traffic police in Africa

In most of the Western world the basic functionality of traffic lights are quite well respected. Most drivers will know that running a red light has the risk of a collision with on-coming traffic. In some cases running a red light automatically signals a camera flash and a subsequent fine at your door. However in Africa Brian explains that the traffic light is seldom respected and rather traffic flows are conducted like orchestra by traffic police. Room for modernization? Brian explores in his column...

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Are teens mentally prepared to drive? A study from NOYS

Are teens mentally prepared to drive? A study from NOYS

The National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) regularly update us with the latest activities for youth and road safety issues in North America. Being the leading organization for youth safety; campaigns activities and studies, NOYS have published an article focusing on the cognitive abilities of teenagers to drive. Are teens mentally prepared to drive?

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95% of all crashes are human errors not accidents - Northern Ireland

95% of all crashes are human errors not accidents - Northern Ireland

A new road safety campaign has been launched in Northern Ireland that focuses on the reality of road crashes; 95% of crashes in Northern Ireland are caused by human error and therefore could have been avoided. This challenges the notion that most crashes are 'accidents' that were unavoidable.

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Take a Pledge for the #ItCanWait Campaign from AT&T and NOYS

Take a Pledge for the #ItCanWait Campaign from AT&T and NOYS

Over in North America, the campaign trail to stop texting and driving amongst young people is hotting up. The issue has become a major cause for concern in the United States and beyond and has been given national attention by ministers and governments in recent years. Now, AT&T the global mobile phone network has teamed up with NOYS (National Organization for Youth Safety) to promote

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‘Designated texter’ enters the automobile

‘Designated texter’ enters the automobile

After growing up during a campaign against drunken driving, many teenagers say they've embraced the notion of a designated driver. Coming of age amid condemnation of distracted driving, some say they use a 'designated texter'; when driving with friends. Despite that, a new study shows that about a third of them admit to sending and reading text messages while behind the wheel. The report was consistent with federal research this year, which showed that teens and drivers under the age of 25 are much more likely to text than older drivers.

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New trainers run their first road safety sessions in Kenya

New trainers run their first road safety sessions in Kenya

Late last year, YOURS initiated the Embrace Life Campaign. This unique photography competition illustrated how young people from over 50 countries are 'embracing life' and consequently commit to road safety to preserve it. The winners of the competition won a small grant to implement a road safety project in their neighborhood. Nine months later a Training of Trainers has been implemented on the ground and the first wave of trainers ran their first road safety sessions. We are pleased to report back on this first success.

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Do you want to organise the next EU Youth Forum for Road Safety?

Do you want to organise the next EU Youth Forum for Road Safety?

The European Commission (EC) published a call for proposals for the organisation of the next EU Youth Forum for Road Safety. The EC intends to award a grant to reduce road casualties among young people. This action is part of a campaign to sensitise to the causes of road crashes and to their prevention by mobilising young road users, as a group particularly at risk, to take action.

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Brian's Column: Are we our own enemies of road safety initiatives?

Brian's Column: Are we our own enemies of road safety initiatives?

In this feature of Brian's Column, we take a look at young people's actions on the road. Sometimes youth who are advocating for road safety and better prospects in life are clouded by young people who act up and give them a bad name. Brian explains that if we want to move forward in life, young people should not be their own enemy but rather work together to educate each other.

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European Commission's newsletter focuses exclusively on ERSD

European Commission's newsletter focuses exclusively on ERSD

The European Commission have released their 9th newsletter with a special focus on the 4th European Road Safety Day that took place last month in Nicosia, Cyprus. This report gives an in depth insight on the ground at the event with interviews from presenters, policy makers and young people captured by the European Commission's own journalist. It is available to download here.

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Olympic Gold Medalist David Rushida steps up for road safety in Kenya

Olympic Gold Medalist David Rushida steps up for road safety in Kenya

Around two weeks ago, the world experienced the global spectacular sporting event that is the Olympic Games. While for just under two weeks the world watched the very best in sports taking their place in the hall of fame, some athletes have used their Olympic medalling to step up from their accomplishments to talk about the pressing global concerns facing young people; road traffic crashes.

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Embrace Life Campaign makes impact a year on in Africa

Embrace Life Campaign makes impact a year on in Africa

Late last year, YOURS initiated its second global road safety awareness campaign; the Embrace Life Campaign. This unique photography competition brought together over 50 countries from around the world to participate in our awareness raising project illustrating how young people 'embrace life' and consequently commit to road safety to preserve it. Now, after we selected our winners back December 2011, a project on the ground has been implemented by the winners of the Embrace Life photo competition with support from YOURS.

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Article from North American Region - Act Out Loud

Article from North American Region - Act Out Loud

Our North American CORE Group Representative Ms Jennifer Heatley gave us an update of the latest goings on in North America with regards to youth and road safety action. In her growing network of North American road safety organization, one school involved in NOYS' Act Out Loud programme submitted an article to inform the rest of us on road safety action taking place in the region!

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Check out the videos from the 4th European Road Safety Day

Check out the videos from the 4th European Road Safety Day

We are proud to present the official video showreel from the 4th European Road Safety Day in Nicosia, Cyprus which had a special focus on youth involvement in road safety. In addition, YOURS includes its presentation focusing on the active involvement of young people in road safety globally. Check out the videos here!

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Brian's Column: Buying a driving license doesn't buy you driver skills

Brian's Column: Buying a driving license doesn't buy you driver skills

In this edition of Brian's Column, our regular feature from the ground in Africa, Mr Brian Mwebaze offers another thought provoking article about driver activities in Africa. Did you know that it's easy to buy a driver's license? No skills, no test. Brian explains the danger of not acquiring the appropriate skills before driving and how buying a driver's license for cash doesn't buy you driver skills putting you at even higher risk of a road crash.

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4th European Road Safety Day Cyprus - a big success for youth involvement

4th European Road Safety Day Cyprus - a big success for youth involvement

On the 25th July 2012, young people from across Europe came together for the 4th European Road Safety Day in Nicosia, Cyprus. The day focused on a range of pressing road safety issues facing young people across Europe and was hosted by the Cyprus Presidency of the European Union 2012. Read the Cypriot Governmental press release and details of the Youth Conference on following day.

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Keep up to date with LIVE updates of the #ERSD - Nicosia, Cyprus

Keep up to date with LIVE updates of the #ERSD - Nicosia, Cyprus

The Fourth European Road Safety Day (#ERSD) is underway in Nicosia, Cyprus. YOURS is will be keeping the international network updated on the latest goings on at the European Road Safety Day which has a unique focus on youth involvement in road safety across Europe. You can check out periodic updates on the site to hear what is happening at the event.

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4th European Road Safety Day: Youth involvement takes place tomorrow

4th European Road Safety Day: Youth involvement takes place tomorrow

The Fourth European Road Safety Day is being hosted by the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union tomorrow in Nicosia, Cyprus. The day has a unique focus on young people's active involvement in road safety across Europe as the day will recognize the overwhelming burden of road crashes facing young people in Europe; road crashes are still the single biggest killer of young people across Europe.

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Zindzi Mandela: Road safety is a young person's human rights

Zindzi Mandela: Road safety is a young person's human rights

The Guardian continues its focus on global road safety with guest articles from prominent global figures. YOURS recently featured an article written by Dr Etienne Krug of the World Health Organization for the Guardian. Today, Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of the world renowned former South African President Nelson Mandela has published her article placing a human rights perspective on road safety. After the tragic death of her ganddaughter Zenani in 2010, the Mandela family have stepped into the road safety field to raise awareness and save young lives.

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