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Greece and the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 & Launch of the Crete Motorcycle Helmet Campaign PDF Print E-mail

A Crete Motorcycle Helmet Campaign was launched by Make Roads Safe Hellas and the FIA Foundation on March 24, 2011 at a European Conference on “Greece and the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020”, held at the Centre for Mediterranean Architecture (KAM)in Chania.In Greece, 30% of road casualties are motor cycle riders, but only 75% of riders and 46% of passengers wear helmets according to a 2009 survey. Moreover, many who do wear helmets do not strap them on properly. The new campaign aims to reduce road casualties by promoting proper helmet use –‘On the Head and Strapped On!’

The conference was attended by HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Patron of the Prince Michael Global Road Safety Awards. Other honored guests includedthe notable local Chief of the Traffic Police of Chania, Eleni Papathanasiou, the Commander of the Fire Services of Chania Captain Nicholas Schoulidis, and the Rector of the University of Crete, John Phillis. TheVice-minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, Mr. Spyros Vougias, was represented by Mr. Eftichis Daskalakis who greeted participants and welcomed the helmet initiative. He stressed the importance of road safety education and how essential it is to monitor the level of road safety in our country.

Other international speakers at the conference included David Ward of the FIA Foundation, Emma Maclennan of the Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport and member of the Make Roads Safe Hellas, John Chatterton-Ross of the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM), Markus Sippl of the ADAC Technical Centre, Sandra Pastore of Robert Bosch GmBH,  Graziella Jost of the European Transport Safety Council,Albert Ballbe from RACC Foundation and Joan Josep Vilanova of the Barcelona City Council. The presentations covered the UN and EU plans for the Decade of Action, new technologies for motorcycle safety such as ABS, the importance of helmet wearing and the successful experience in Spain promoting helmet use.Expert participants from Greece included Anna Voulgaridou, Coordinator of Make Roads Safe Hellas, Michalis Nikolarakis and Konstantinos Zopounidis of the Technical University of Crete, George Archontakis, Director of the Neurosurgery Clinic of Chania General Hospital,  Thanassis Choundras from 0300 Riding School, Stelios Efstathiadis from Transport Solutions and Vasilliki Danielli Mylona of the Panos Mylonas Institute.The event was chaired by George Milonogiannis, President of Make Roads Safe Hellas and Nikos Poriotis from ELPA.

In addition to  very interesting presentations from Greek and foreign experts in road safety, Make Roads Safe Hellas announced details of the launch of the helmet campaign in Crete, which will be marked by a major competition in the city of Chania.The campaign will include prizes for drivers and passengers who are spotted wearing their helmets correctly, including high-quality helmets donated by Nolan and two VIP tickets to watch a MOTOGP race, offered by FIM (the International Motorcycle Federation).

As part of the conference, on the 26th and 27th March Motorcycle-safety lessons were offered at the PISTAPARK motor center in Chania, Varipetro. Drive safely, a day that will change your life” lessons were conducted by the 0300 Riding School. The Make Roads Safe Hellas and the FIA ​​Foundation offered these courses to the DIAS motorcycle police group, the Traffic Police and the ambulance motorcycle services of Crete, in recognition of their important contribution to road safety. The courses, which include theoretical and practical sessions on the track, teach the appropriate actions for safe driving, what should be avoided, how to eliminate the possibility of a fall, and many more safety techniques.

The Crete Motorcycle Helmet Campaign will continue through 2011, with results reported here on our website.

Link conference photos and motorcycle safety lessons:

Conference Photos

0300 Riding School Lessons at pistapark


Link flyer helmet

Conference’s Presentations

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Video of the Conference Video for the Crete National Road and participation of the National Instant Aid Centre (EKAV) in Motorcycle Safety Lessons at pistapark Video from the visit of HRH Prince of Kent at pistapark
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