THE “PANOS MYLONAS” ROAD SAFETY INSTITUTE, A MEMBER OF THE FIA CLUB, LAUNCHES THE “DRIVE IN THE MOMENT” APP IN GREECE

THE “PANOS MYLONAS” ROAD SAFETY INSTITUTE, A MEMBER OF THE FIA CLUB, LAUNCHES THE “DRIVE IN THE MOMENT” APP IN GREECE

On Monday March 21, FIA Member Club Road Safety Institute (RSI) ‘Panos Mylonas’ presented the digital app Drive in the moment during a press conference at the Electra Palace in Athens. This application aims to inform, raise awareness and, above all, help drivers to abandon the risky habit of using mobile phones in cars while driving. The event took place as part of the 15and Panhellenic Road Safety Week (March 21-27), organized by RSI ‘Panos Mylonas’ and the Hellenic Institute of Transport Engineers (HITE).

Drive in the moment has been developed by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), in conjunction with the New Zealand Automobile Association (NZAA) and Queensland University of Technology, and is promoted worldwide with the support of the FIA ​​as a good practice.

Drive in the moment is one of the evidence-based global programs supported by the FIA ​​through the FIA ​​Road Safety Grants Programme. FIA Member Club RSI ‘Panos Mylonas’ translated and localized the app into Greek and promoted it in Greece and Cyprus.

Drive in the moment is based on the theory of planned behavior and consists of two parts:

  • a quiz encouraging road users to rank the relative risk of various driving behaviors against the opinions of road safety experts to help them understand the risk of an accident (risk assessor);
  • a tool helping young drivers to build a personalized plan to reduce their smartphone use by training their mind to react better whenever they feel the need (plan builder).

In Greece, the project will be framed by an educational program specially designed for young people at selected universities, starting with the University of Patras. Additionally, information kiosks displaying the app to enhance its visibility will be set up at universities and businesses, starting from The Mall Athens.

In her opening speech, RSI President Vasiliki Danelli-Mylona welcomed and thanked the honorable guests for their presence and then announced the action plan for the 15and Panhellenic Road Safety Week, organized in collaboration with HITE since 2008. Ms Mylona said:“On the occasion of the European Year of Youth 2022, we are dedicating this year’s Panhellenic Road Safety Week to young people, the age group that suffers the most from road accidents.” She also pointed out“Greece, along with Finland and Serbia, ranks first for mobile phone use in vehicles, although drivers say they know the risks. And for this reason, the Institute was chosen, after a rigorous evaluation by the FIA, to translate and localize the Drive in the moment bid and present it to a Greek-speaking audience, with the support of the FIA. »

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis also attended the event. During his speech, he congratulated the RSI and the work of its President, underlining the close collaboration between the Ministry and the RSI, as well as the contribution of HITE. Referring to Greece’s recent success as the EU leader in reducing road crashes and fatalities over the past decade, he said:It’s a national success to which everyone – and in the first place the Greek pilots – have contributed. But is it enough? Absolutely not.” He added: “For the Government, Road Safety was set from the start as an absolute priority and a national objective and the country’s road behavior still needs to be improved. That’s why we welcomed Drive in the Moment, an application aimed at raising awareness, especially among young people, of the serious problem of mobile phone use in vehicles and distractions.

MEP Elena Kountoura, European Parliament rapporteur on the report-resolution on the EU road safety policy framework until 2030, said: “Changing behavior to end in-vehicle cell phone use and driver distraction will save lives. And raising awareness through initiatives such as Drive in the Moment can contribute significantly to this. Road safety concerns us all, it concerns our daily life, our family, our people, and it must always be high on the national and European agenda.

FIA road safety and global advocacy manager Luca Pascotto, who traveled to Greece to witness the official launch, said:The FIA ​​Road Safety Grants Program supports FIA members who play an important role in delivering these programmes. We salute the leadership of RSI “Panos Mylonas” in raising awareness of the problem of driver distraction in Greece. The FIA’s goal for the next decade is to shape a holistic culture of safe mobility, through evidence-based programs such as Drive in the Moment. These activities also provide a unique opportunity for FIA member clubs to engage with young people.

The Chief of the Hellenic Police Order, General Eleftherios Gkarillas, discussed the role of law enforcement and traffic police in monitoring mobile phone use while driving.

The Vice-Governor of Transport and Communications of the Attica region, Vasilis Giannakopoulos, announced an upcoming collaboration with RSI for the implementation of educational programs for secondary school students, the most vulnerable age group.

HITE President Panagiotis Papantoniou gave a presentation on “Youth, Road Safety and Distracted Driving” and, after looking at data from Greece and Europe, came to some useful conclusions: “Road safety and distracted driving are interdisciplinary issues and the plan that addresses them should be. Rapid reflexes are required of the State to adapt and be able to integrate technological developments and international experience. The National Strategic Plan for Road Safety 2021-2030 is a very important tool to develop, review and monitor the required actions.

The Greek version of Drive in the moment the application is accessible free of charge at www.driveinthemoment.org/gr

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