Following on from last summer’s “Don’t Drink and Drive!” campaign, EASST partner the Automobile Club of Moldova (ACM) launch a new project for 2016 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.
‘Sober and Safe Villages’ focuses on northern and southern regions of Moldova and aims to raise drivers’ awareness of the risks of drink driving and promote safe traffic behaviours as well as increasing the involvement and empowerment of local authorities and civil society at regional and rural levels.
Sober and Safe Villages Flashmob in Soroca
Working in partnership with the National Patrol Inspectorate, the ACM have joined up with local authorities from the northern villages of Soroca, Căinarii Vechi and Rublenita along with volunteers from the “Dacia” Youth Resource Centre and representatives from the local media to raise awareness of the issue across the region.
“In my opinion, we all have to be disciplined, as drivers and pedestrians. Let’s consider before getting behind the wheel, because we have to take care of our lives and of those with us” Volunteer from the Youth Resource Centre.
Activities so far have included distributing leaflets to drivers and pedestrians containing information about the dangers of drink driving, prosecution offenses and penalties provided by law, as well as a number of tips about how to get home safely. In Soroca, patrol police and volunteers from the Youth Resource Centre also oraganised a flashmob during which police officers stopped motorists to distribute leaflets and speak to drivers about their own behaviours. While the volunteers stood at the side of the road with posters highlighting the dangers of drink driving.
Driving and Alcohol – a Lethal Cocktail
Activities in the south of the country launched in July in the villages of Cahul, Slobozia Mare and Colibas. In the autumn the ACM will conduct research to determine which village was the safest and most sober.
This project is part of the “FIA Action for Road Safety Programme” funded by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and FIA Foundation, and is an extension of a pilot intervention initiated last year with the support of the FIA and GRSP/TRACECA.