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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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PIN Report Focus: Road safety improved for some youngsters in Europe

PIN Report Focus: Road safety improved for some youngsters in Europe

On the 25th of July 2012, young people from all across Europe will gather in Nicosia, Cypus for the Fourth Road Safety Day which has a unique theme of young people's active involvement in road safety. One of the key presentations taking place at the event will focus on Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) report which was published last month. As a preamble to the event, YOURS is getting young people ready and equipped with some of its key pointers relating to its extensive focus on young people and road safety. In this edition, we take a look at the study which illustrates that road safety for young people has improved in Europe in some countries for this demographic group.

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An article from Etienne Krug (WHO) on the Decade of Action

An article from Etienne Krug (WHO) on the Decade of Action

In the partnership between the Road Safety Fund and the Guardian newspaper entitled, 'global road safety in focus', Dr Etienne Krug Director of the Violence, Injury Prevention and Disability (VIP) department  of the World Health Organization (WHO) has written an article focusing on the importance of engaging with the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

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Road Safety Grants Programme launches call for proposals

Road Safety Grants Programme launches call for proposals

The Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) wishes to announce a first competitive call for proposals for the Road Safety Grants Programme. The programme was initiated in early 2012 and the grants programme is part of the Road Safety in Ten Countries (RS210). Proposals will be accepted from organization working in nine countries covered by RS10: Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and Viet Nam.

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Don't make-up and drive: road safety campaign targetting young females

Don't make-up and drive: road safety campaign targetting young females

In a twist of road safety dynamics, a new campaign targeting young females has been launched by road safety campaigners backed by Volkswagen. The campaign calls for young females to 'not make-up and drive'. While the most affected gender in road crashes is young males, this places a focus on young females to deliver a unique road safety message via a powerful viral video.

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Road Safety in Africa - more data is needed: a focus on Kenya

Road Safety in Africa - more data is needed: a focus on Kenya

We know that road traffic injuries are the leading killer of young people globally and in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) the burden of road crashes on young lives is significantly higher compared to the rest of the world. However, we have seen a deficit of information, data and research into these parts of the world and so YOURS is gathering some of the available information and sharing it with our youth network. In our first focus, we look at Kenya in Africa and examine the health burden of road crashes in this part of the world.

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New European road safety report gives focus on youth road deaths

New European road safety report gives focus on youth road deaths

Yesterday, the Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) part of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) published their 6th report. The publication entitled 'A Challenging Start towards the EU 2020 Road Safety Target' places a focus on three areas of road safety; the progress of countries in road safety across the EU27, recommendations for national road safety changes and the road safety problem facing young people.

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Enjoying the football? Don't let drink driving ruin the fun

Enjoying the football? Don't let drink driving ruin the fun

Often referred as the 'beautiful game', football is truly on the radar around the world as people young and old sit back and enjoy the Euro 2012 football tournament. Whether you're from Europe or not, scores of young people around the world are gripped by the tournament. This footballing extravaganza gives friends and families the chance to get together in their local pubs, clubs and venues to enjoy the moment with some drinks, but beware, drink driving is always a danger!

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A wake up call for Europe - reducing road deaths slowed in 2011

A wake up call for Europe - reducing road deaths slowed in 2011

The European Commission has issued a press release that calls for immediate action on the amount of road deaths in Europe in 2011. Last year, across Europe the amount of lives saved on slowed to 2% compared with a promosing EU-wide reduction of road deaths throughout the last ten years which was around 6% reduction of road deaths on average. What does this mean for young people?

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