Road Safety in Greece
Our local road safety partner
We support road safety in Greece through our local partners Make Roads Safe Hellas (MRSH). MRSH was founded in Chania, Crete in 2010 as a supporter of the international Make Roads Safe campaign. Since then MRSH has been transformed into a scientific and social organisation that promotes road safety and sustainable development of the transport system in Greece and worldwide from a safe system perspective. MRSH’s mission is:
– to study, document and promote targeted interventions for the reduction of traffic fatalities and injuries;
– to develop and disseminate scientific, technological knowledge and good practices in the field of road safety and sustainable development of transport;
– to raise awareness of the need to effectively address important challenges that the country faces in relation to road safety, with the support of the educational institutions as well as scientific and technical institutions, and civil society.
Between 2012-2014 Make Roads Safe Hellas led the highly successful transnational cooperation project for South East Europe to eliminate high-risk roads (SENSoR Project). The project included using EuroRAP protocols to survey 15,000km of the TEN-T road network across 14 countries in the region, highlighting road risk, and developing a series of ‘Safer Roads Investment Plans’ for the relevant public authorities.
MRSH are now focusing on the following areas:
1. Children’s road safety
MRSH are working to transform road safety education in Chania and Athens’ public schools. As of 2019, they provided road safety training to over 3000 schoolchildren using the EASST Road Safety Education Pack as well as providing information to parents and decision makers on the importance of keeping children safe as both vehicle passengers and pedestrians. In 2016, the Pack was voted by teachers in Chania as the number 1 initiative introduced in schools.
MRSH are also conducting a study into the use of child restraint systems (child car seats) in Greece. As well as looking at how often they are used, MRSH want to find out attitudes towards their use by parents and children, including expectations and buying patterns, with a view to increasing the use of child car seats in the country.
2. Corporate road safety management.
In partnership with the National Technical University of Athens, MRSH are developing an ambitious road safety management programme for private companies and public organisations. The programme includes the provision of EASST Academy’s “Road Safety at Work: Online course for Managers’ and using expert advice to set up and maintain an effective road safety management system for corporate fleets.
3. Improvement of driving ability and behaviour.
In cooperation with the Riding Academy MRSH are working to develop and provide post-licence training programmes to both novice and experienced riders in order to improve their driving abilities and behaviour.
4. Sustainable tourism and road safety.
After the publication of the first Country Report on Tourism and Road Safety in 2019, MRSH continue to monitor the country’s progress, to raise awareness, influence road safety public policy and promote active cooperation of all relevant stakeholders.
Greece Road Safety FactsOver a third of road deaths in Greece are motorcycle related. Only 23% back seat passengers wear seat belts. There are on average 1013 road fatalities every year.
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Sustainable Tourism, Road Safety and Post-COVID developmentby EASST | July 10, 2020 | Georgia, Greece, News, Sustainable Mobility
Our latest blog discusses the need to build back better when it comes to sustainable tourism and how this links to road safety, active mobility and clean transport.View News
EASST partners meet in Crete to mark our 10th anniversary and join the sixth global meeting of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safetyby EASST | April 12, 2019 | Greece, News, Then and Now
Make Roads Safe Hellas host EASST for our 10th anniversary all-EASST partners meeting in Crete within the framework of the sixth global meeting of NGOs advocating for road safety and road victims.View News
Calling for a commitment to enhance safe and sustainable tourism with a focus on road safetyby EASST | April 10, 2019 | Greece, News, Sustainable Mobility
EASST and Make Roads Safe Hellas put spotlight on road safety and responsible travel & tourism at Global Meeting of NGOs for Road Safety.View News
Finding out about tourists’ perceptions of road safety in Greeceby EASST | July 25, 2018 | Greece, Road Safety Governance and Capacity Building, Sustainable Mobility
Safer roads for tourists will also mean safer roads for everyone else. If you’ve recently visited Greece please take part in our short survey on tourists’ perceptions of road safety in Greece.View News
How to successfully implement the EASST Road Safety Education Packby EASST | March 21, 2018 | Children's Road Safety, Greece
The EASST Road Safety Education pack provides stimulating and engaging activities to introduce road safety messages and behaviours to kids. Find out how to make the most of it with this six step guide to implementation.View News
EASST Road Safety Education pack rated number 1 initiative by teachers in Chaniaby EASST | July 17, 2017 | Children's Road Safety, Greece
EASST partner Make Roads Safe Hellas is transforming road safety education in Chania, Crete.View News
Greece Road Safety Resources
International Tourism and Road Safety in Greece
This report on tourists’ perceptions on road safety in Greece is based on a survey of almost 1,500 international tourists visiting Athens, Chania, and Thessaloniki in 2018. The work is a collaboration between Make Roads Safe Hellas, the National Technical University of Athens, the University of Macedonia, the University of the Aegean, the Hellenic Open University and EASST to examine the relationship between tourism and road risk. (2019)