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Deadline EXTENDED for Global Film Festival - Youth Category

Deadline EXTENDED for Global Film Festival - Youth Category

The deadline for the LASER International Global Film Festival closes. The deadline has been extended to 20th April 2013 (for free) to the Youth Category of the festival. If you've created a film for road safety, now is your chance to get international recognition from the global road safety community for your work.

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3rd Global Meeting of NGOs for road safety takes place this week

3rd Global Meeting of NGOs for road safety takes place this week

The 3rd Global meeting of NGOs advocating for road safety and road traffic victims is taking place this week (Thursday 4th April 2013) in Antalya, Turkey. The alliance represents over 90 countries advocating all areas of road safety and this meeting offers an opportunity to meet and continue the movement for road safety around the world. 

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Register your Long Short Walk with this innovative pledge counter

Register your Long Short Walk with this innovative pledge counter

The world is gearing up for the Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week taking place on 6-12 May 2013. The theme for the week is pedestrian safety and alongside events planned to call for safer pedestrian access globally, the Long Short Walk campaign, running now, is being coordinated around the world. To add to the contribution, YOURS, along with partners have launched the pledge counter.

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How to share the road with cyclists - videos from RSA Ireland

How to share the road with cyclists - videos from RSA Ireland

In many parts of the world, governments are pushing for more pedestrians and more cyclists. It not only helps with congestion, the environment and health but reduces the amount of vehicles on the road too. However, pedestrians and cyclists are vulnerable road users and are at a higher risk of being seriously injured in a crash with a vehicle. The Road Safety Authority have published these videos to guide cyclists and motorists on sharing the road. Find out more.

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Join WHO on Twitter for a live #RoadSafetyChat tomorrow!

Join WHO on Twitter for a live #RoadSafetyChat tomorrow!

After the launch of the Global Status Report on Road Safety, the World Health Organization are running an exclusive Twitter chat with Dr Tami Toroyan focusing on the key findings of the report and answering questions from people all around the world via tweets. You can take part tomorrow (26th March 2013 - 14.00 - 15.00 GMT).

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A tragic loss of young life at the hands of a drunk driver

A tragic loss of young life at the hands of a drunk driver

A teenage girl aged 14 died in the UK at the hands of her friend's father who was twice the legal alcohol limit while driving. Moments before the car crashed, Kayleigh Lawrie posted a message on Facebook saying, 'I think I'm going to die', seeing the impending danger from the back seat of the drunk man's car. It is testament to all for need to protect our young people and promote a zero tolerance alcohol and driving limit.

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Life and death on the world's most dangerous roads - The Guardian

Life and death on the world's most dangerous roads - The Guardian

The Road Safety Fund, in partnership with the Guardian, publish articles focusing on global road safety as a development issue. Since the the publishing of the Global Staus Report on Road Safety 2013 last week, the Guardian have created an acessible and easy to navigate interactive map highlighting key statistics around the world from the data compiled in the report. Read more here.

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Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013 launched today

Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013 launched today

The Global Status Report on Road Safety is the most comprehensive report covering 182 countries around the world and accounting for almost 99% of the world population. Conducted by the World Health Organization, the report provides the low down on global statistics related to road safety alongside individual country profiles documenting mortality rates, road safety laws and other facets of road safety. The document will be used all across the world as a baseline of research and statistics relating to road safety, but what does it mean for young people?

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See the person behind the helmet - a UK campaign from THINK!

See the person behind the helmet - a UK campaign from THINK!

Person centered road safety campaigns have evoked some meaningful messages. These types of campaigns focus on the people in the road safety messages because after all, it is people's lives that we are trying save. A new campaign launched in the UK focuses on 'seeing the person behind the helmet' and calls for drivers to take extra care for motorcyclists who are particularly vulnerable on the road.

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10 years of TeamAlert in the Netherlands - road safety pioneers!

10 years of TeamAlert in the Netherlands - road safety pioneers!

The leading, the biggest and the most active youth and road safety organization in The Netherlands, TeamAlert has reached its ten year anniversary this month! On 6th March 2013, the organization reached a decade of operations and we take this moment to congratulate their work and look back at some of their revolutionary, ground breaking and unique campaigns.

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Brian's Column: That moment of meeting an inspiring activist!

Brian's Column: That moment of meeting an inspiring activist!

This month, our regular columnist Brian K Mwebaze shares an experience that inspired him to write this particular column. The experience revolves around meeting an inspiring activist. This activist was not giving a speech at a world conference, they were not on television or leading a march, they were a taxi driver and the inspiration came with just a few words. Read about it here.

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Spotlight On: Voice Trust, India - educational programs in rural spaces

Spotlight On: Voice Trust, India - educational programs in rural spaces

As you may now be aware, every so often, YOURS chooses a network member from our global youth network for road safety and puts their spotlight on the work for the world to see. When organizations submit detailed application forms with great information about their projects and work, we will spotlight them! This time, we put the spotlight on Voice Trust, India. Based in rural Tamil Nadu, this organization works to promote amongst other programs; road safety awareness and education, read about them here.

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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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