As part of their summer campaign ‘Sober and Safe Villages’ aimed at combatting drink-driving in rural areas, which after speeding is thought to be the second biggest cause of road traffic incidents in the country, EASST partner, the Automobile Club of Moldova have launched new actions in the city of Hîncești.

The ACM, in partnership with the National Patrol Inspectorate organised a meeting that aimed to establish closer cooperation between local authorities and civil society representatives in the region, empowering local people to implement projects that will combat drink driving and improve road safety more generally.

“Drink driving is an acute issue for Hîncești, because the rate of road crashes in this region is very high. This project would be an important step to deal with it.” Mr. Lilian Luca, Head of the Police Inspectorate of Hincesti.

Throughout August, the National Police Inspectorate have been carrying out activities is inform drivers about the risks of drink driving and promoting better driving behaviours.

The results of the campaign will be analysed as part of the wider Sober and Safe Villages project, and presented in the autumn, when it will be determined the safest and most sober village in the 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 the FIA Foundation.