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New Report: Earphones distractions on the road leading to more injuries

New Report: Earphones distractions on the road leading to more injuries

The number of accidents involving pedestrians wearing headphones is on the rise, a report suggests, prompting fresh warnings from road safety groups around the world. YOURS' Director Mr Floor Lieshout has been quoted in a Huffington Post article focusing on the new report that gives attention to being aware on the road and avoiding using earphones on the move.

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European Commission: How is your country doing for road safety?

European Commission: How is your country doing for road safety?

The European Commission have published a leaflet entitled, 'How is your country doing?'. This leaflet shows the situation at the end of 2010 and the progress made since 2001. Its purpose is to allow Member States and European citizens to compare their situation and to encourage them to continue their efforts regarding road safety. It can be downloaded at YOURS.  

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Brian's Column: Why language is important for road safety

Brian's Column: Why language is important for road safety

Last year, Brian's first column received a warm welcome and he continues to shower YOURS with articles focusing on youth and road safety issues in Africa. In this article, Brian talks about the road fatalities taking place over the Christmas and holiday period and asks the question, 'Why are some road safety advocates inconsistent with their safety language?'. Brian gives us the low-down.

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Five years since the United Nations World Youth Assembly for Road Safety

Five years since the United Nations World Youth Assembly for Road Safety

Its been almost half a decade since the United Nations World Youth Assembly for Road Safety took place at the United Nations building, Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland! As many of you know, the World Youth Assembly (WYA) was the foundation stone in the building of YOURS - Youth for Road Safety; a tangible road safety NGO that harnessed the energy of the assembly into a real movement for young people and road safety. YOURS celebrates the assembly's five year anniversary in the months to come!

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Embrace Life Campaign: More pictures sent in from inspired young people!

Embrace Life Campaign: More pictures sent in from inspired young people!

Although our 2011 global road safety awareness campaign, The Embrace Life Campaign finished back in November, some young people were so inspired that they recently sent us some pictures in the spirit of the campaign. The National Youth Parliament of the Gambia came together and decided that although they couldn't take part in the campaign because of busy election training, they still want to make their mark.

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The Inaugural Adolescent Mobility Health Consortium: New Zealand

The Inaugural Adolescent Mobility Health Consortium: New Zealand

The University of Otago Adolescent Mobility Health Consortium (AMHC) in New Zealand is pleased to announce its Inaugural Symposium on Wednesday 15 February, 2012. This will be a combined live and online event showcasing new directions in teen mobility, the paradox of speed, and the importance of parental and youth engagement in mobility choices. AMHC is changing the narrow paradigm of adolescent road safety focusing on crash risk, to the more potent and healthy vision of less teen driving through mobility modal shift from cars to active and public transport.

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Spotlight On: Avenir Sante, France - With and from young people!

Spotlight On: Avenir Sante, France - With and from young people!

In our efforts to bring attention to road safety projects and organizations working with young people all around the world, this month, YOURS puts the spotlight on Avenir Sante. The French organization translated, Future Health works on preventing risky behaviour with young people on areas such as road safety, alcohol and drug addiction and sexual health. The organization was founded in 1998 and works with nearly 250,000 young people every year!

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Make road safety a new year's resolution that lasts forever!

Make road safety a new year's resolution that lasts forever!

Welcome to 2012, a year full of promise and lots of incredibly exciting activities for road safety across the world! On January 1st, many people make an extra effort to uphold new year commitments and resolutions. We want to get active, lose those extra pounds gained during Christmas, quit smoking, make more time for friends and so forth. This year, why not include a road safety new year's resolution? Its easy and something that requires commitment for years to come; to be safe on the road, be a road safety ambassador and to preserve life.

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Happy New Year 2012! A message from our Director!

Happy New Year 2012! A message from our Director!

YOURS would like to extend a very warm welcome to all of you for 2012! New years are times for new year's resolutions and a time to create plans for a productive, fruitful and promising year ahead. YOURS Director, Mr Floor Lieshout would like to share his message for the new year and reflects upon our achievements for 2011.

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Special Announcement: Winner of the Embrace Life Campaign is revealed!

Special Announcement: Winner of the Embrace Life Campaign is revealed!

The Embrace Life Campaign has been a creative journey. Hundreds of young people from around the world came together to show their unity for road safety in our 2011 global road safety awareness campaign. From India to Botswana, Canada to Columbia, Europe to Africa, the Embrace Life Campaign saw entries for our photo exhibition from around the world and we can now reveal our winner!

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A unique road safety parade: 3000 shoes depicting road crashes in Kenya

A unique road safety parade: 3000 shoes depicting road crashes in Kenya

Around the world, road crashes claim over 1.3 million lives every year and this amount is disproportionately represented in the African region. In Kenya, Youths for Road Safety Kenya headed by Ms Sheila Atieno, our CORE Group representative for African English speaking countries has shared a touching initiative that couples road safety with blood donation to raise awareness of the cause in Kenya.

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Road safety tips this winter period: A message from YOURS

Road safety tips this winter period: A message from YOURS

As the yuletide song goes; 'tis the season to be jolly' and young people around the world are the center of attention this season with families ticking off present lists. The winter period offers a chance for family and friends to celebrate the festive period and the end of the year but this season, we urge young people around the world to keep the festivities happy by committing to road safety by making it an embedded part of the enjoyment. Why let good times go bad?

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A Christmas road safety message from Africa - Brian's Column

A Christmas road safety message from Africa - Brian's Column

Our regular columnist, Mr Brian Bilal Mwebaze publishes his first article with YOURS with a message from Africa on keeping safe on the road during this holiday season. A time to be festive and merry for many, Christmas is a massive deal in Africa and Brian offers us a candid expression of the importance of safety during this time.

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Brian Bilal joins YOURS as a regular columnist on road safety!

Brian Bilal joins YOURS as a regular columnist on road safety!

Here at YOURS, we are always looking for ways to empower young people to speak out about road safety issues and give them an interntational platform to voice their views and opinions. We are very excited to announce that Mr Brian Bilal from Uganda, an active member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and self confessed 'public health addict' is joining YOURS as a regular fortnightly/monthly columnist to give his opinions on the road safety situation in the African region.

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Check out our workshop videos from The Muscat Youth Summit!

Check out our workshop videos from The Muscat Youth Summit!

At YOURS, we endevour to capture all of our work with young people in a way that is easy to disseminate. With this is in mind, YOURS has created some unique videos of our global road safety workshop in action at the Muscat Youth Summit that took place earlier this month! You can see what we got up to in Oman and see the learning journey that our youth participants joined us on building the capacities of these young people to grasp the seriousness of road safety.

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Graduated Driver Licensing Could Save 2,000 Lives and $13.6 Billion Annually

Graduated Driver Licensing Could Save 2,000 Lives and $13.6 Billion Annually

In the United States, the Graduated Driver Licensing programme could save over 2,000 young lives and have massive positive economic impacts. The Allstate Foundation License to Save Report, developed in conjunction with the National Safety Council, shows that if all states implemented comprehensive graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws, an estimated 2,000 lives could be saved.

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Check out the winning poster for Europe designed by a young person!

Check out the winning poster for Europe designed by a young person!

This year, the 4th edition of the European Youth Forum for Road Safety (EYFRS) initiated some groundbreaking resolutions for the years ahead. Embedded in the programme was the award giving for the winning poster for Europe. This initiative was created by DG Move in collaboration with EYFRS organizers. Over 800 posters were designed by young people but only one could win. Check out the poster!

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YOURS is back from the Muscat Youth Summit! Read all about it

YOURS is back from the Muscat Youth Summit! Read all about it

Earlier this week, the YOURS staff team were in attendance at the 3rd Muscat Youth Summit that took place in Muscat, Oman. This event brought together over 300 young people from around the world to discuss and take action on pressing global youth issues. This year, road safety was firmly on the agenda as YOURS delivered a day long workshop on the Global Road Safety Problem with a group of delegates.

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A powerful peer-to-peer message from EYFRS Delegates

A powerful peer-to-peer message from EYFRS Delegates

YOURS is a long term advocate for peer-to-peer messaging, that being young people talking to young people about road safety issues. We know that a young person is more likely to absorb a message and act on it when it has been transmitted from a peer; a trusted friend or a person of a similar age that they can relate to. At the European Youth Forum for Road Safety, youth delegates share their message with other young people about keeping safe on the road.

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YOURS to deliver youth and road safety workshop at Mucat Youth Summit

YOURS to deliver youth and road safety workshop at Mucat Youth Summit

4-7th December is the date for the 3 day residential Muscat Youth Summit taking place next week in Muscat, Oman. The event brings together thousands of young people from around the world to empower young people through interactive workshops, presentations and debates on youth development, leadership and participation. YOURS has the pleasure of running a day long workshop with young people at the summit on global youth and road safety issues.

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