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Reporting back from the Training of Facilitators - Muscat, Oman

Reporting back from the Training of Facilitators - Muscat, Oman

On the 20-26th March 2012, YOURS travelled to Oman to run a 'Training of Facilitators' for Youth and Road Safety workshops with young leaders in Oman. The event was organized in collaboration with Accident Care Oman and was conducted over four intensive days of training and development.

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NOYS presents Youth Traffic Safety Month in five countries!

NOYS presents Youth Traffic Safety Month in five countries!

The National Organization for Youth Safety based in the United States has this year opened up its Youth Traffic Safety Month with five countries around the world. The countries include Kenya, Uruguay, Haiti, Canada and the United States of America in the promotion of traffic safety to young people.

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Michelin’s initiative to promote road safety among young people in Europe

Michelin’s initiative to promote road safety among young people in Europe

Launched by the Michelin Group, in partnership with the European Commission, the ROSYPE Project aims to educate more than 730,000 young people on road safety in Europe. Young Europeans pay a high price to road crashes, you can read how ROSYPE is educating young people in Europe below.

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3rd Muscat Youth Summit 2011 Report now available!

3rd Muscat Youth Summit 2011 Report now available!

In December 2011, YOURS attended the 3rd Edition of the Muscat Youth Summit (MYS) which took place on the beautiful resort of Mussanah in Muscat, Oman. The summit was an energetic and forward thinking event that brought young people together from around the world to tackle issues facing young people in a modern world.

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Africa’s towns could learn from Johannesburg’s road safety agenda

Africa’s towns could learn from Johannesburg’s road safety agenda

In this edition of Brian's Column, we are given an insight into how the city of Johannesburg in South Africa has implemented strong road safety measures to dramatically reduce road fatalities. His insight illustrates how when coupled with good enforcement and road infrastructure, road laws can save lives as they do in South Africa.

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Spotlight On: RACQ, Streets Ahead Program - Road safety education

Spotlight On: RACQ, Streets Ahead Program - Road safety education

In 2007 the Royal Automobile Club Queensland, Australia idenfiied the need for road safety education where there was a gap for younger students of school age in Queensland. The Road Safety Education Team was created to develop and devilver road safety program for school studens and older drivers. 

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YOURS has been awarded a grant from the Road Safety Fund!

YOURS has been awarded a grant from the Road Safety Fund!

We are very excited to share the news that YOURS has been awarded a grant from the Road Safety Fund to run a 'Training of Trainers' program with young people in Kenya. The program will run as part of our key strategic pillar of Capacity Development which seeks to support existing efforts to improve road safety in Kenya by engaging with young leaders to promote safer road use.

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Where are they now? Pt.6 of our WYA anniversary feature!

Where are they now? Pt.6 of our WYA anniversary feature!

After almost half a decade since the United Nations World Youth Assembly for Road Safety, the youth movement for road safety has grown and is stronger than ever. In our last feature, we saw that the YOURS Staff team were all delegates to the WYA and have since dedicated their efforts to the youth and road safety cause. In part 5 of our WYA special feature, we take a look at the what our delegates from Canada and Brazil are doing now!

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Jailed motorist campaigns for road safety - turning tragedy into safety

Jailed motorist campaigns for road safety - turning tragedy into safety

In 2010, Gary Swainston hit a pedestrian using a zebra crossing with fatal consequences. The motorist was jailed for 16 months for careless driving and while behind bars, Mr Swainston, under the burden of his actions urged a letter to be written to his local authorities pleading for a safer system to prevent this happening to other people in the future.

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The Dutch 'Woonerf' - an example of safe road spaces

The Dutch 'Woonerf' - an example of safe road spaces

In Holland, where YOURS is a registered NGO, an example of safe road spaces shared by cyclists, motorists and pedestrians illustrates how safe road systems can save lives. In Holland, one of the most common forms of transport is cycling and the Woonerf space has reduced road collisions by 40% in neighbourhoods where they have been implemented.

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Check out the individual interviews with our CORE Group

Check out the individual interviews with our CORE Group

For the first time, our YOURS CORE Group met at the World Health Organization HQ in Geneva, Switzerland to crystalize their roles to exapand and develop our youth network for road safety as well as perform a range of tasks supporting the work of YOURS. Now, you can see individual interviews with our CORE Group members and see what they have planned for their regions.  

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Brian's Column: The 'I Must Drive Syndrome' hitting Africa youth...

Brian's Column: The 'I Must Drive Syndrome' hitting Africa youth...

Brian's Column is one of our regular features giving Mr Brian Mwebaze a platform to share his experiences on his view of road safety in Africa. In this column, Brian talks about the craze hitting African youth; The 'I must drive syndrome' where most African youths feel it a prestige to have a car and be on the road. Brian gives us his opinion on a developing Africa.

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YOURS to run Youth in Motion Workshop at Forum 2012, South Africa

YOURS to run Youth in Motion Workshop at Forum 2012, South Africa

Forum 2012 which is to be held on 24-26 April 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa, is the beginning of an exciting new series of the well-known and respected Global Forum for Health Research meeting. This particular meeting is themed, 'Beyond A ... id...Research and Innovations as key drivers for Health, Equity and Development'. YOURS Director, Mr Floor Lieshout will be attending the event and running a workshop entitled, 'Youth in Motion'.

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New anti-texting while driving law comes into force today in USA State

New anti-texting while driving law comes into force today in USA State

A new state law in Pennsylvania has come into force today which required drivers to pull over and stop if they wish to use text-based communications on mobile devices. The new law covers the use of phones, computers and other devices to send emails, texts or other distracted behavours to curb the amount of people driving distracted and posing a serious threat to people around them.

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Using smartphones behind the wheel: more dangerous than drink driving!

Using smartphones behind the wheel: more dangerous than drink driving!

Using smartphones for social networking while driving is more dangerous than drink driving or being high on cannabis behind the wheel, according to research published by IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists). Despite this, eight per cent of drivers admit to using smartphones for email and social networking while driving - equivalent to 3.5 million license holders in the UK alone.

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The YOURS CORE Group meeting - reporting back from the final 2 days!

The YOURS CORE Group meeting - reporting back from the final 2 days!

'I can't believe how quickly these three days have passed', said Mr Joel Tucker, Coordinator of the Western Pacific region on day three of the CORE Group meeting. Our CORE Group undertook three intensive days of action planning, training and strategic direction in their role as Coordinators of the Regions in the YOURS Global Youth Network for Road Safety.

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The YOURS CORE Group meeting - Reporting back from Day 1

The YOURS CORE Group meeting - Reporting back from Day 1

The YOURS CORE (Coordinators of the Regions) Group representing five regions of the world came together today at the headquarters of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland to create a concrete action plan for their role as Coordinators of the Region. Day one of three has proven to be an incredibly fruitful and energizing exchange of information and ideas which holds testament to the exceptional leadership qualities of this group.

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Spotlight On: Youths for Road Safety Kenya - grass roots and youth led!

Spotlight On: Youths for Road Safety Kenya - grass roots and youth led!

Youths for Road Safety Kenya is a unique African organization which was conceived by young people and is led by young people. YOURS-K, as referred to by its members, operates in Nairobi, Kenya and has undertaken a range of projects to sensitize young people in Kenya and the African region as a whole.

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Brian's Column: Hit & runs in Africa – a dangerous trend needs change!

Brian's Column: Hit & runs in Africa – a dangerous trend needs change!

Brian's column this month focuses on a serious trend that has says has emerged in Africa; the disturbing act of the 'hit and run', a devastating action that destroys lives and illustrates a lack of human emotion in the time of a road traffic crash. As always, Brian's column is thought provoking and offers us an insight into his perception of the road safety situation in Africa.

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The Road Safety Fund supports YOURS CORE Group Meeting

The Road Safety Fund supports YOURS CORE Group Meeting

The Road Safety Fund, the official Fund for the Decade of Action for Road Safety, have given its support for the YOURS CORE Group Meeting taking place next week in Geneva. The grant is made possible through the generous support of Johnson & Johnson to the Fund. Its support is an illustration of the importance placed on youth and road safety during the Decade of Action.  

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