Progress on Reducing Drinking and Driving: New E-book Release
As part of the implementation of the Commitments, IARD continues to coordinate the work on the drink driving initiative that began in 2010 in six countries: China, Colombia, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and Vietnam.
The 2014 drink driving summary reports provide an overview of the progress that has been made in the countries. The Drink Driving Initiative 2014 Summary Reports e-book
is now available online. Highlights from 2014 activities include:
: Multiple drink driving awareness campaigns were launched to reach groups at high risk for drinking and driving, such as motorcycle riders and novice drivers.
: Proyecto Patrullero (Project Patrolman) was implemented in six cities to facilitate seminars on checkpoint protocols for law enforcement and educate officials and the general public about responsible drinking.
: Law enforcement experts participated in checkpoints twice per month and held follow-up meetings to share observations and recommendations with local police in Puebla.
: A research protocol and questionnaire was developed in order to conduct roadside surveys in six geopolitical zones; the North Central zone was completed in 2014.
: The Avtotrezvost (Auto Sobriety; www.avtotrezvost.ru
) training module for novice drivers on drinking and driving was launched as a supplement to the driving schools' existing course on traffic regulations.
: With support from the Vietnam Road Administration and municipal departments of transport, the program focused on reaching professional drivers with don't drink and drive communications; checkpoints were also conducted by local law enforcement.