Road Safety Institute (RSI) “Panos Mylonas” and Cyprus Automobile Association (CAA) participated in the Road Safety Week for the Cypriot National Guard
Road Safety Week for the Cypriot National Guard was concluded on June 24, marking great success. Within the framework of this week-long event, Road Safety Institute (RSI) “Panos Mylonas”, in collaboration with Cyprus Automobile Association (CAA), conducted experiential road safety workshops to inform and raise awareness among the Cypriot National Guardsmen. From June 21 to June 24, RSI trainers travelled to Cyprus and, together with Cyprus Traffic Police representatives and road safety ambassadors, held experiential trainings in military camps across the country. Main focus of the RSI trainings was distracted driving and helmet safety, as the “Affordable Helmet Initiative in the Mediterranean” coordinated by CAA in Cyprus and Greece, with the support of FIA, aims at promoting the safe use of helmet among young bikers.
This Road Safety Week aiming at cultivating traffic safety culture in the specific youth group was coordinated by the National Road Safety Council of the Republic of Cyprus, with the participation of the Ministry of Transport, Communications & Works, the Ministry of Defense, and the Ministry of Justice & Public Order. In total, more than 2.000 National Guardsmen attended the trainings. The participation or RSI “Panos Mylonas” was the first cooperative action after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Road Safety Council and the Institute. Moreover, on Thursday, June 23, in a special ceremony at “Ilias Papakyriakou” camp, the Chief of the Cypriot National Guard, General Dimokritos Zervakis, along with the Minister of Transport, Communications & Works Mr. Giannis Karousos, the Minister of Defense Mr. Charalampos Petridis, and the Minister of Justice & Public Order Mrs. Stefi Drakou, awarded the Institute for its contribution in educating the National Guard.
At the same time, CAA launches a social media campaign promoting the international#CommitToAct campaign by FIA, for the Global Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, aiming to halve road traffic fatalities and injuries by 2030. CAA, in collaboration with RSI “Panos Mylonas”, created three video spots calling decision makers of both countries to achieve this goal, through investing in life-saving proven action like 30km/h zones, Road Safety & Mobility trainings for students, promoting sustainable and active mobility, and supporting road traffic victims post-crash.
The President of Cyprus Automobile Association Mr. Antonis Michailidis who attended the award ceremony on June 23 stated:
“The Cyprus Automobile Association has always been by the side of Cypriot society and has ensured that our National Guardsmen are trained with the evidence-based programmes of RSI “Panos Mylonas”, using road safety simulators. This Road Safety Council and the three Ministries initiative to address the National Guard soldiers is particularly important at a time when road traffic crashes in our country are on the rise. Let us not forget that, recently, a member of this particular target group was killed in a traffic crash, and that road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children and young people aged 5 – 29 years old. At the same time, through the #CommitToAct campaign, we call all stakeholders to work together into achieving the goal of zero road traffic fatalities, through important actions suggested in the Global Plan for the Decade of Action 2021-2030: the promotion of Public Transport and sustainable mobility in cities, investments in education, and in supporting the victims and their families post-crash.”
The President of RSI “Panos Mylonas” Mrs Vasiliki Danelli-Mylona sent the above message:
“We are particularly happy to be setting our Memorandum of Understanding with the Road Safety Council in action with joint road safety actions like this which benefit both countries. We always remain by the side of the Cypriot State to contribute in human resources and good practice exchange, with the valuable knowledge we have gained in the last 17 years of action and participation in global fora. Road Safety Week for the Cypriot National Guard marks the first important collaboration, while we are working towards a more systemic presence in Cyprus, always in cooperation with the Cyprus Automobile Association (CAA) and relative bodies. This is a common effort towards a world without road traffic crashes. Let’s work together!”
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