On 25 March 2016, EASST partner, the Automobile Club of Moldova staged a flashmob with school children of different ages to promote pedestrian safety in Chisinau.
About 100 children took part, wearing reflective vests and carrying images of dangerous traffic situations. The children built a human wall along the capital’s Dacia Boulevard and called on passers by to pay attention to problems of recklessness, carelessness and irresponsibility on the road that take hundreds of lives each year.
A group of police officers also participated, asking pedestrians to cross only at designated crossing points and warning them of the risks of not complying with Road Traffic Regulations.
This initiative was carried out as part of the Pedestrian Pilot Intervention in association with the National Patrol Inspectorate and with support of the “Gloria” Lyceum. The Dacia Boulevard is one of the most dangerous areas for road users in Chisinau, with the highest rate of road traffic violations committed by pedestrians, and highest level of road crashes involving them. The purpose of the initiative, therefore, is to raise awareness about the risks of unsafe crossing, increase pedestrians’ safety, and reduce the number of road traffic incidents and injuries among pedestrians.
In 2015, 831 road accidents involving pedestrians (33% of total accidents) were registered in Moldova, in result of which 97 people died and other 776 were injured.
The activity is part of the Pedestrian Pilot Intervention within the Road Safety Awareness Campaign (in partnership with the TRACECA Road Safety Project II) and funded by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) (hosted by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies).