The Hellenic Research and Educational Institute for Road Safety, Prevention and Reduction of traffic accidents "Panos Mylonas" was founded οn May 12, 2005. It is a non-profit Organization founded by University Institutions, private operators, auditors and individuals.
The Institute aims to support and promote actions advancing road safety and traffic education, as well as study, research, information and education sectors and initiatives targeting the prevention and reduction of traffic accidents.
The main objective of “Panos Mylonas” Institute is raising awareness of citizens and authorities for road safety and moreover, the additional strengthening and support of the greek state in order to provide and enforce effective measures and policies which promote traffic education, road safety and reduction of traffic accidents.
The reason for the Institution’s founding is that Greece currently has the highest number of fatal accidents across Europe. Moreover, traffic accidents are the first cause of death in Greece. The occasion for the creation of the Institute was the tragic loss of a young charismatic man, very promising in the field of technology and journalism. Panos Mylonas was completing his studies in the Faculty of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Department at the University of Patras and was also a car magazines editor. He lost his life at the age of 22 on a traffic accident on March 22, 2004 on his way to class.
According to Patras University which has already established a scholarship in his memory, Panos was “an outstanding student of great moral values, very promising in the field of technology and journalism, endued with special skills and multiple interests. His loss has shocked the University community”.
The aim of the Institute is not only awareness-raising, but also the motivation of all private and public sectors in order to prevent Greece from being the first European country in fatal traffic accidents. The Board of Directors, after taking office, underlined that, according to statistics, most of the victims are young people.
The founding members of the Institution are university institutions, selectively appointer companies and aware citizens. Among its new members are public institutions whilst unions, organizations of public and private sector and European Committees are among the associated partners. “Panos Mylonas” Institute is a member of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).
We hope that this effort which began after a tragic event will be the starting point for improvement on road safety conditions in our country.