The Charter across Europe
Although not my main responsibility at our club (UAB), Road Safety has become more and more a part of my job and life. Through the Charter, we have managed to learn a lot of new facts about safety, prevention and even more - how to communicate road safety with citizens in our country. As we are traditionally involved in Road safety campaigns with drivers and pedestrians, we are currently focused more on child safety. We believe that, if we manage to teach the youth how to protect themselves and others, at an early age, we won't need to do that when they become adults. Time is of essence and with the experience we had with the charter, we will be able to save more lives. Thank you all :)
The Malta Road Safety Council has been in operation since 2015, being a small island does not spare us the issue of road safety, we do have road accidents including fatalities but the council has managed to create a national awareness towards the importance of being cautious on our roads, not just the drivers but also all car passengers and road users especially pedestrians. We have been quite active but our biggest source of energy came from children in schools who are very conscious of the dangers around them and they genuinely want to support the issue of road safety. The European Road Safety Chapter contacted us in this regard and have supported us tremendously with particular school getting in contact with the chapter. We feel that council should belong to all road users, together we can make a difference. Together we can achieve with reducing road accidents.
Through all these years of my experience with road safety, I have come across a beautiful image with a solid and clear message in our own workplace, last year. Best thing about it, is that it was not even one of the many actions implemented by management...!During a walk at our premises' parking, I saw a parked vehicle of an employee, with a child's drawing hanging next to the steering wheel.It said : "Aunt-Uncle don't speed...I love you, Angela".I was very amazed to see this and immediately took a picture. The children know the way and give the right example, we just need to listen to them and if not for us, we should be careful for them!
We are proud to be members of the European Road Safety Charter as our organization is committed to the health and safety of our drivers around the world. Your work is helping to save lives and reduce crashes and for that we are all gratefull.
I am the coordinator of road safety Ille-et-Vilaine department in France (Rennes). I am a member of Road Safety for the exchange of experiences are part of the toolbox to make sustainable reductions insecurity on the roads. We educate children , youth , seniors , bikers , employees in businesses ... Sharing experience should help change behavior by multiplying the good ideas such as the operation " The Road To Share" which aims to better share the road between cyclists and motorists. Transferable to any country in Europe or in the world. What a pity that we can not introduce this action to the European commission because, being carried by a state service , but already brought in France by the federations of cycling ...