Across the EASST region, our road safety partners commemorated road traffic victims on the annual day of remembrance, 15th November. It is also a day when thanks is given to the emergency services, medical professionals and those who are daily confronted with the dramatic consequences of road collisions.
In Georgia, the Foundation Partnership for Road Safety released a new social video called “Don’t Make Danger, Follow Traffic Rules!”. Their video has been produced as part of the ‘Safe Traffic, Safe Community’ project sponsored by Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC (AGL). The 30 second educational video describes the road safety challenges of the mountainous region of Adjara. Read more about EASST’s work in Adjara.
In Kyrgyzstan, EASST-funded Road Safety NGO produced a video too to mark the third Sunday of November (the annual day for World Remembrance Day). The video highlights that in 2014, 1022 people were killed on the roads in Kyrgyzstan.
In Dushanbe, EASST partner Young Generation Tajikistan held a series of events at school number 28 joined by the British Ambassador, the Head of the Traffic Police, the Ministry of Education and the Red Crescent Society. The events were held to remember those who have died on the roads in Tajikistan – where according to the World Health Organisation, road fatalities are rising. In Tajikistan data shows that every 5th injured person in a road accident was a child or a teenager in 2014.
With pupils of School No 28 Dushanbe to remember road traffic victims in Tajikistan
The Automobile Club of Moldova in partnership with the National Patrol Inspectorate organised and participated in a series of actions in Chisinau, within the “Road Safety Awareness Campaign” project (in partnership with TRACECA Road Safety Project II) funded by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile. The event started with a street-rally of crashed cars and dozens of bikers marching on the streets of Chisinau with the flags ‘STOP ROAD CRASHES’, aimed to attract people’s attention on the serious consequences of non-compliance with road traffic rules. Thereafter, the action was continued on the Dacia street (one of the most dangerous roads in the capital), where 200 pupils from “Gloria” and “Spiru Haret” Lyceums of Chisinau organized a flash mob performance with the aim of demonstrating children’s exposure to road traffic injury risks. A video of the events is available on YouTube.
The event was attended and supported by officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transportation and Roads Infrastructure, Ministry of Education, together with ACM and Bikers Club of Moldova. At the end, all participants held a moment of silence in memory of those who lost their lives in road crashes and released balloons into the sky, symbolising the souls of road victims.