Hot Topic #4
Road Safety
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Here is our list of examples dealing with road safety (in random order):

ACP Kids (Portugal)
The ACP Kids is a road safety education program of the Automobile Club de Portugal, aimed at children from 4 to 9 years old. All schools adhering to the program have access to a wide range of materials for work in the classroom as well as multiple initiatives and actions throughout the school year.
On the road: By simulating the road environment in a circuit, children experience in practice how to properly cross the street, the importance of always putting the safety belt, the meaning of traffic signs, because they should never run after the ball towards the road between others.
The ACP Kids on the Road runs through the country into shares with the cooperation of municipalities.
The every day the television show "Minute Safe Kids" reinforces the rules and good road practices.

Guide to Defensive Driver Training (USA)
The NETS Guide to Defensive Driver Training™ complements the NETS Comprehensive Guide to Road Safety™ and provides guidance on what constitutes an effective and sustainable Defensive Driver Training (DDT) program.
Organizations can use this guide to select defensive driver training providers and to implement a defensive driver training program that can help improve their drivers’ performance and reduce vehicle crashes, injuries and crash-related costs.

Road Safety Week (UK)
Road Safety Week is an event that can happen at national, local or organisational level, which raises awareness about road safety, and encourages everyone to take action to prevent casualties and make roads safer. It’s all about people working together to promote responsible road use and stop the suffering that results from road crashes, deaths and injuries.
Brake, the road safety charity, working in partnership with insurers RSA, has developed a website as a global resource for anyone interested in organising a Road Safety Week in their country, locality or organisation. It shares the experience of Brake, organisers of Road Safety Week in the UK and New Zealand, and other Road Safety Week organisers. It provides advice and tools to help others wanting to set up a Road Safety Week or a similar event.

A Comprehensive Guide on Road Safety for Parents (USA)
One of the first things that you are responsible for after having a child is road safety. You will be driving your child from the hospital and taking them with you wherever you go for the next 10 to 12 years, so as parents, you need to know how to ensure that your child is safe on the road at all times. Then, as they get older, you will be responsible for teaching them how to be safe in the cars they drive on their own. There are many things you need to know: which car seat to use, when it’s okay not to use one and how to talk to your children about driving safety.
Here’s a comprehensive guide for parents so they know how to keep their children safe on the road.

Praise (Belgium)
PRAISE is a project co-funded by the European Commission and implemented by ETSC (European Transport Safety Council) on Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees (PRAISE). The project aims to advance work-related Road Safety Management and provide the know-how to employers who have to take on that challenge. It also aims to present the work-related road safety standards of EU Member States and carry out advocacy work at the EU level: work-related road safety is an area of road safety policy that clearly needs renewed political commitment.

Molli und Walli (Germany)
An interactive website for kids, containing quizzes, puzzles, a Jum 'n' Run game and much information about road safety for children. The website was set up and is hosted by the German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the public sector in Hesse.

eDrive academy (Greece)
Taking into consideration both the importance of traffic education and that the improvement and modification of road user’s behavior takes time, the Directorate General Road Safety (DGRS) of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport developed a portal and an e-learning traffic safety platform the so-called “eDrive academy” to promote safe transport and mobility. The platform provides online road safety and traffic education information to the entire Greek population (e.g. road users, students, parents, teachers, driver instructors, professional drivers) thus helping the formation of mature road safety culture and promote safe travel.

Road safety education – a guide for healthy schools (UK)
PDF file
This guide is supposed to help pupils to become safer road users and achieve important steps towards becoming a healthy school.

German Road Safety (Germany)
A brochure explaining German traffic rules and proper behaviour, especially for bicycle drivers and for refugees, Available in German, Arabic, English, Farsi, Dari/Pashtu, French, Tigrinya, Albanian, Kurdish

Junior Road Safety Officers (UK)
The Junior Road Safety Officer (JRSO) scheme is run by many primary schools throughout England and is aimed at pupils in years 5 and 6 (ages 9-11). The scheme aims to raise road safety awareness and promote road safety issues throughout the school and local community. Pupils who take on the JRSO role are involved in activities such as creating and maintaining a road safety notice board in the school, organising and taking part in road safety assemblies and setting a good example of road safety practice within the school. Topics for discussion at school assemblies include walking to school, seat belts, the Highway Code and playing safely.

Teen Driver Safety Website (USA)
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. State Farm is committed to helping end these tragedies. We invite you to explore and use this comprehensive website, which is filled with free tools, tips, and resources designed to help teens and their parents throughout the learning-to-drive process. (USA)
The GeoLibrary is a project of the Network of Collaborating Centres Work Plan in support of the WHO strategy of “Occupational Health for All.” The responsibility for constructing the library was undertaken by the Great Lakes Centers for Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Additionally, the Great Lakes Centers added the, “environmental health,” branch to the library to address the training needs of environmental health users, and the Specialty: Road Safety at Work branch was added in collaboration with NIOSH in order to provide materials related to the prevention of road traffic injuries and deaths while at work.

Virtual Risk Manager (USA,UK)
Interactive Driving Systems is a global provider of fleet risk management solutions. The global strategic partnership with Zurich Risk Engineering ensures local management and implementation support in 35 countries around the world.
Virtual Risk Manager - FLEET delivers research driven products and services that are proven and independently validated to work, straight to drivers and managers. The aim is stop the collisions from happening in the first place!

Set case for teachers “Safe on the way” (Germany)
The educational pack supports teachers to create a diverse and action-oriented lessons. For this, it brings together experts and teachers to create practice-oriented teaching materials. All materials will be developed here with reference to current educational plans.
The website and the practical kit for teachers contain several materials for teachers concerning a safe way to school.

Be a road safety blogger (Europe)
Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death globally among young people aged 15–19-year-olds. According to the WHO, the notion that road traffic crashes are unavoidable needs to be challenged and a pro-active, preventive approach to reducing death on our roads must be developed.
To contribute to this objective, the ERSCharter Contest focused on this theme. Messages could be sent to the ERSC that could motivate young people to become active stakeholder in Road Safety and pay more attention to the different issues that make them vulnerable road users.
The ERSCharter Contest invited young Europeans to create a message that will motivate youth to act in order to improve their safety on the roads.

Together, we are Road Safety! (Europe)
The new campaign is called: „Together, we are Road Safety!“ The new edition of the website contains lots of resources, materials and information on road safety, examples of good practice, road safety events, testimonials, and more.
The European Road Safety Charter is an invitation by the European Commission to take concrete actions, assess results and further heighten awareness about the need to reduce road accident fatalities. It offers European recognition to the associations that have signed up, and also makes the road safety actions they wish to carry out more visible on a European level.
The ERSC especially encourages members to develop initiatives targeting young people. Youth constitutes a key priority in the years to come, because road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among people under 24 years old. Initiatives are supposed to address different target groups, such as children from 0 - 11 years, Pre-Teens from 12 - 14, Adolescents from 15 - 17, or young adults. Age groups that have the highest percentage of pedestrian fatalities are children younger than 10 years (and adults aged 65 years or older). In addition, cyclist fatalities have the highest share among children between 6 and 14 years of age. Young people aged between 15 and 24 account for just 13% of the population in Europe, yet they still make up 25% of the deaths on the road.
„Together, we are Road Safety!“ longs to address these target groups with accurate education and training to help reducing the number of accidents and fatalities on the road.

Truck driver's blind-spot and cycling (UK)
YouTube video
A frightening insight into how drivers of semi-trucks can easily miss cyclists travelling alongside them, by the British Safety Council.

It can wait (USA)
This website provides information, mobile apps and material dealing with the dangers of writing text massages while driving. Even a “Texting & Driving simulator is available.
Especially the Film “From one second to the next”, directed by Werner Herzog, is a very strong and impressive way to show young people how dangerous their behaviour might be.

GUROM - Risk Assessment for Traffic Participation (Germany)
The project GUROM (Gefährdungsbeurteilung und Risikobewertung organisationaler Mobilität, i.e. Risk Assessment and Risk Evaluation of Company Related Mobility) opens up the possibility of carrying out a risk assessment for all the distances covered by organization members, either as individuals or on behalf of their employers within their organisation or their industry branch.

Is It Worth It? Teen driver safety campaign (Canada)
The Is It Worth It? Teen Driver Safety Campaign aims to prevent injury and save lives by reducing distracted, impaired and aggressive driving. High school students spread the news in their schools on smart decision-making behind the wheel.

Kids That Click (Canada)
Motor vehicle collisions kill more children than any other injury-related cause. The most effective way to protect children is to use an appropriate car or booster seat. Kids That Click resources include a popular car seat installation DVD and brochures written in simple language. These resources provide parents and caregivers with everything they need to know to keep kids safe from their first ride until they are ready for a seatbelt.

Project Gearshift (Canada)
Parachute, a national injury prevention organization, presents Project Gearshift, a campaign designed to drive change in Canada around teen driver safety. The goal is for Canadians to have a long life, lived to the fullest. Project Gearshift gives young people the tools to take this important messaging to peers, the classroom and into the community. Through these components, they can prioritize teen driver safety issues in their community, engage people in the conversation and create change around real issues.

THINK! Ressource Center (UK)
The resource centre is a one stop source of THINK! road safety education materials.
There are 25 lesson packs that will help you teach a range of road safety topics to children and teenagers of all ages.
The lesson packs are colour coded by key stage and age range, from early years to key stage 4.
Each lesson pack contains a lesson plan, links to road safety teaching resources, and activities; everything you need to plan and deliver effective road safety education.
These resources are not limited to classroom use and we hope that they will be used by anyone with responsibility for educating children and teenagers on road safety, including road safety officers, police and fire officers, out of school leaders, and parents.
The materials are for children under 5, 5-7, 7-11,11-14 and 14-16 years old. The materials are Lesson plans, Colouring sheets, Games, Stories, Activity Sheets, Booklets, and more.

Road safety education courses in Verin (Spain)
Verin city council plan to carry out road safety education courses and talks for different risk groups: primary school pupils of all ages, pregnant women, elderly people and disabled people. This project was awarded by the European Road Safety Charter with the Excellence in Road Safety Award in 2011 in the local and regional authorities' category category, together with Chaves City Hall, Portugal.

Road safety education courses in Chaves (Portugal)
With the aim of increasing road safety, during the next three years together with the PSP (Public Security Police) the Chaves City Hall will implement the following actions: "Safety at school program", "Support of 65-Elderly safety" program, "Business Safety" program, " Physically challenged people" program and elimination of structural barriers, maintenance and replacement of traffic signs, in both sides of the border (Chaves - Verín). This project was awarded by the European Road Safety Charter with the Excellence in Road Safety Award in 2011 in the local and regional authorities' category category, together with Verin City Council, Spain.

¨Bezpečne na ceste¨ (Safety on the road) (Slovakia)
A project in a Slovakian Kindergarten to increase road safety. This project was awarded by the European Road Safety Charter with the Excellence in Road Safety Award in 2011 in the institutions category. The kindergarten is located in Košice, east part of Slovakia.

Zero Crash Month (Canada)
WorkSafeBC (the Workers’ Compensation Board of B.C) launched this campaign, in cooperation with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and local authorities and the police to help reduce the number of car accidents in British Columbia.
This campaign was carried out in 2004 and 2006.

Dead angle – forewarned is forearmed (Germany)
Brochure (PDF)
A project by the Bavarian Accident Insurance. The effect of the dead angle is demonstrated by taking the position of the driver looking into the mirrors of the car.

Road Traffic Safety Campaign "Look the Road in the Eye!" (Latvia)
Video: Give the road ALL your attention! The road is demanding. The road will hit only you once

SGI Road Safety Campaign (Canada)
Video: Saskatchewan continues to hold the dubious title for having the least safe roads in the country. To combat our unsafe driving habits we went straight for the heart, well, the heartstring that is. 5 drivers, 5 roads, 5 poor driving behaviours, one metaphorical intersection - who's in the wrong? They all are.

EVA - Taking road safety serious
(Ernstnehmende Verkehrssicherheitsarbeit) (Germany)
A project by the Bavarian Municipal Federation for Accident, the Insurance and Prevention (Bayerischer GUVV) and other institutions - driving lessons with peers in a car under the observation of a driving instructor who is giving feedback to lead young drivers to responsible driving behaviour.

Hello Car (Germany)
E-mail address
A project of the ADAC Germany. Demonstrations of the braking performance of the car are supposed to inform the children that the summation of the thinking distance plus the breaking distance is equal to stopping distance. Braking trials are performed.

“Road Safety Unit” (UK)
The Road Safety Unit (by the Glasgow City Council) is an approach to teaching road safety. There are different units for the different age groups and the different target groups.

Pizza Delivery by Motorcycle (Greece)
E-mail address
PHC Franchised Restaurants Public Limited, Greece, introduced a system to educate, train, assess and actively monitor the riders. This included the use of cameras, video recording, continuous monitoring of drivers, ongoing issue sensitivity training and checks of the drivers at various intervals.

School-accompanied-driving (Germany)
This web page offers information about risks and hazards in road traffic, like drugs, alcohol, accidents when coming from disco, accidents mopeds or motorbikes. It informs about wrong estimations of the risk that an accidents happens and how accidents can happen.

“School Travel Plan (STP)” (UK)
A school travel plan is a document produced by a school in conjunction with the Local Authority. It aims to encourage schools to identify and solve problems associates with the school journey (especially those relates to safety).

Napo in “Safe start” (Germany)
A training film produced by the German Social Accident Insurance - DGUV. The short episode for the theme “Safe Start” shows hazards and risks that young workers should be aware of and it shows how the young workers should behave in certain situations. Year of production: 2006, running time. 9 minutes. Especially the themes road safety and alertness are addressed.

Safety at Roadworks (Poland)
The program was partly initiated because of intensive roadworks on the roads in Malopolska, Poland. The program began in July 2006 with the seminar during which the results of 424 controls of 117 construction sites were presented. Controls were conducted by PIP (The National Labour Inspectorate) in years 2003-04 and 2006 and aimed at estimation of safety and hygiene at roadworks and elimination of recognized hazards.

Klub Pancernika (Poland)
The Polish campaign “Klub Pancernika” is a part of European project EUCHIRES 2005 “European public awareness campaign on the use of seat belts and child restraint systems”. The campaign was launched in the Netherlands in 2004 and than extended to 9 other countries: Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

'Mister Help' comes for the health and safety of children (Italy)
'Mister Help' is the title of a TV programme by Rai Educational and Ispesl (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Prevention), which was broadcasted on Rai 3 and via satellite. This programme was aimed at children and teenagers attending compulsory education (aged 6-15), to convey among young people a clear message on issues related to safety.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

Pellekaija Pum - a bird as a symbol for childrens´safety campaigns (Finland)
Pellekaija Pum is an exotic and rare bird. It is distantly related to a parrot. Pellekaija Pum is bumbling aroud in all kinds of dangerous situations and the children must give him advice so that he will not hurt himself. The advice is often in the form of songs dealing with fire safety, falling, poisoning, sharp tool hazards and traffic safety.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

To learn more, please go to our TOOLBOX and type in the title of the example, go to the GOOD PRACTICE area (if the example is presented there) or follow the link to the project web site.
Please note: because of the permanent work on the database, this list cannot be and is probably not complete - feel free to use the TOOLBOX search function to find more examples.