During the next three years MISTEL is going to implement a PEER-project at driving schools in Saxony-Anhalt/Germany. This federation-province-cooperation project has been already implemented in eight German federal states. As well as in nine other countries: Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain.
Peer educators will discuss with young driving beginners dangers of alcohol and drug consumption in connection with road use. These peer units will be located in driving schools and designed as open 60-to-90-minutes discussions. Together with the driving students and novice drivers, the educators will develop individual and manageable strategies and rules of traffic participation. The youngsters will not face grown-ups (teachers, police officers, driving instructors etc.), so that it will facilitate open discussion of difficult road safety topics (experience with the consumption of alcohol). By conducting the peer units on a regular basis at driving schools we are planning to reach a high number of young persons, which will have an impact on the reduction of road fatalities.
Duration of the commitment: 3 years.
Especially for young people and young adults, alcohol and narcotics and especially the concomitant consumption of both represent a clear and, in many European countries, increasing health hazard. Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs represents a major safety hazard in road traffic. Consumption is noticable in an unproportionally high numbers of young drivers. Risks connected with alcohol or drugs consumption are frequently underestimated by young persons. They frequently do not regard subsequent damage and long term health impairments as a risk to themselves. However, it is the group of persons which is hard to get through to with helath related messages. The target group, adolescents and young adults, is at the focus of traffic safety and addiction prevention.