FIA MEMBER CLUB ROAD SAFETY INSTITUTE ‘PANOS MYLONAS’ LAUNCHES ‘DRIVE IN THE MOMENT’ APP IN GREECE | Federation Internationale de l'Automobile

FIA MEMBER CLUB ROAD SAFETY INSTITUTE ‘PANOS MYLONAS’ LAUNCHES ‘DRIVE IN THE MOMENT’ APP IN GREECE

25.03.22

On Monday 21 March, FIA Member Club Road Safety Institute (RSI) ‘Panos Mylonas’ presented the digital application Drive in the Moment during a press conference at Electra Palace Athens. This app aims to inform, raise awareness and, most importantly, help drivers drop the risky habit of in-vehicle mobile phone use while driving. The event was held within the framework of the 15th Panhellenic Road Safety Week (21-27 March), organised by RSI ‘Panos Mylonas’ and the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE).

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Drive in the Moment was developed by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), in collaboration with the New Zealand Automobile Association (NZAA) and the Queensland University of Technology, and is being promoted worldwide with the support of the FIA as a good practice.

Drive in the Moment is one of the evidenced-based global programmes supported by the FIA through the FIA Road Safety Grants Programme. FIA Member Club RSI ‘Panos Mylonas’ translated and localised the application in Greek and promoted it in Greece and Cyprus.

Drive in the Moment is based on planned behaviour theory and consists of two parts:

  • a quiz prompting road users to rank the relative risk of various driving behaviours against the opinions of road safety experts to help them understand the crash risk (risk rater);
  • a tool helping young drivers build a personalised plan to reduce their smartphone use by training their mind to better respond every time they feel the urge to do so (plan builder).

In Greece, the project will be framed by a specially designed educational programme for youth delivered at selected Universities, starting from the University of Patras. Also, info kiosks displaying the application to enhance its visibility will be installed at universities and businesses, starting from The Mall Athens.

In her opening speech, RSI President Vasiliki Danelli-Mylona welcomed and thanked honorable guests for attending and proceeded to announce the action plan for the 15th Panhellenic Road Safety Week, organised in collaboration with HITE since 2008. Mrs Mylona stated:”On the occasion of the European Year of Youth 2022, we dedicate this year’s Panhellenic Road Safety Week to young people, the age group suffering the most from road traffic crashes.” She also stressed: “Greece, together with Finland and Serbia, rank first in in-vehicle mobile phone use, although drivers claim to know the risks.  And for this reason, the Institute has been chosen, after strict evaluation by the FIA, to translate and localise the Drive in the Moment application and present it to Greek-speaking audiences, with the support of FIA.”

Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Konstantinos Karamanlis also attended the event.  During his speech, he congratulated the RSI and its President’s work, emphasising the close collaboration between the Ministry and RSI, as well as the contribution of HITE. After having referred to the recent achievement of Greece ranking first in EU in reducing road traffic injuries and fatalities during the past decade, he stated: “This is a national success which all -and first of all the Greek drivers- have contributed to. But is that enough? Absolutely not.” He added: “For the Government, Road Safety has been set from the very beginning as an absolute priority and a national goal and the country’s driving behaviour must be further improved. That is why we welcomed Drive in the Moment, an application aiming to raise awareness, especially among young people, on the serious issue of in-vehicle mobile phone use and distractions.”

MEP Elena Kountoura, rapporteur of the European Parliament on the Report-Resolution on the EU Road Safety Policy Framework until 2030, stated: “Changing behaviour towards ending in-vehicle mobile phone use and driver distraction will save lives. And raising awareness through initiatives like Drive in the Moment can significantly contribute to that. Road Safety concerns us all, it concerns our everyday life, our family, our people, and it must always be high on the priorities of the national and EU agenda.”

FIA Head of Road Safety & Global Advocacy Luca Pascotto, who traveled to Greece to attend the official launch, stated: “The FIA Road Safety Grants Programme supports FIA Members that play a significant role in carrying out such programmes. We commend RSI ‘Panos Mylonas’ leadership in raising awareness on the issue of Driver Distraction in Greece. The aim of the FIA for the next decade is to shape a holistic culture of safe mobility, through evidence-base programmes such as Drive in the Moment. These activities also offer a unique opportunity for FIA Member Clubs to engage with youth.”

Head of Order of the Hellenic Police General Eleftherios Gkarillas referred to the role of enforcement and Traffic Police in monitoring mobile phone use while driving.

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

HITE President Panagiotis Papantoniou made a presentation on “Youth, Road Safety and Distracted Driving” and, having observed data from Greece and Europe, reached useful conclusions: “Road safety and distracted driving are interdisciplinary issues and the plan addressing them should be as such. Rapid reflexes are required from the State to adapt and be able to incorporate technological changes 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 the Drive in the Moment application is accessible for free at www.driveinthemoment.org/gr

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