On 2nd November 2016, representatives of EASST partner, the Automobile Club of Moldova (ACM), in collaboration with the National Patrolling Inspectorate (NPI), together with local volunteers organised an action to inform drivers about the risks of drink driving and promote proper behaviour in traffic.
The ACM held a meeting at a local driving school and talked to future drivers about the dangers of drink driving and penalties for breaking the rules as well as the importance of obeying traffic regulations. The ACM together with the NPI and local volunteers then went out into the street to distribute leaflets and car air-fresheners that informed drivers about the risks of driving under the influence.
The campaign continued at the Department of Transport Registration and Driver Qualification (‘REGISTRU’) in Cahul on the 3rd November where the ACM and NPI held discussions with future drivers about road safety and driving while intoxicated. Learner-drivers received leaflets with information about the impact of alcohol on driving, air-fresheners with the message “Alcohol and driving is mortal cocktail” as well as useful tips on being disciplined and cautious drivers. Afterwards, several volunteers joined the ACM in distributing materials for drivers in Cahul.
The results of the campaign will be analysed as part of the wider Sober and Safe Villages project, and presented at the end of November, when it will be determined the safest and most sober village in a competition of the localities involved.
The ‘Sober and Safe Villages’ project is a continuation of the pilot campaign carried out in 2015 within the project TRACECA Road Safety II, ‘Don’t drink and drive’ campaign, funded by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and FIA Foundation.