Cambodian university students call for communities, government officials to #SlowDown to save lives

May 8, 2017

YARS 4th UNGRSW Slow Down Primary School
A YARS ambassador teaches primary school students about the need to #SlowDown while driving.

In tandem with the 4th UN Global Road Safety Week, university students, as part of the Young Ambassadors for Road Safety (YARS) program, will raise awareness about the need to #SlowDown to save lives in their communities. With support from AIP Foundation, the student ambassadors drafted a ‘Save Lives. Slow Down’ Joint Statement that calls for action from government bodies and the broader community to commit to implementing effective measures that will reduce speed-related road crash deaths and injuries. Key road safety stakeholders, including 20’s Plenty for Us, the Australian Road Research Board, and road safety nonprofits in Cambodia, have endorsed the Joint Statement.

From 8-9 May, selected YARS representatives, sponsored by U.S.-based Safe Kids Worldwide, will present the Joint Statement to national level government bodies including the Secretary General of the National Road Safety Committee, the General Commissariat of National Police, and Passenger Transportation Companies to solicit their support for the cause. From 11-12 May, the ambassadors will organize #SlowDown to Save Lives campaigns at three primary schools and three universities in Siem Reap Province: Kruosh Primary School, Por Langka Primary school, Phum Thnol Primary School, Pannasasstra University of Cambodia, Cambodian University of Specialties, and University of South East Asia.

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