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26 June 2007

Drinking and Driving: a road safety manual for decision-makers and practitioners is now available: The international good practice manual Drinking and Driving, a road safety manual for decision-makers and practitioners, produced in partnership by GRSP, WHO, the FIA Foundation, and the World Bank. Developed under the leadership of GRSP, the manual is now available in both electronic and printed form. The manual is the second in a series of road safety good practice manuals being published as part of the UN Road Safety Collaboration series. The purpose of the manual is to inform readers of practical ways to develop coordinated and integrated programmes to reduce drinking and driving (including drivers and passengers of motorized two-wheelers). In many countries road users who are impaired by alcohol have a significantly higher risk of being involved in a crash involving death and severe injuries. The World report on road traffic injury prevention identifies programmes aimed at preventing drinking and driving as a proven effective measure to reduce death and injury on the road. To download the manual visit: www.grsproadsafety.org

IFRC document on road safety: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in collaboration with the Global Road Safety Partnership, have released a new publication Practical guide on road safety: a toolkit for national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The document describes the activities of national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the field of road safety, and includes practical recommendations that can be undertaken as possible improvements to this work. For more information please go to:

Faces behind the figures - the voices of those affected. The Association for Safe International Road Travel and the World Health Organization have jointly developed a book entitled "Faces behind the figures: voices of road traffic crash victims and their families", to put a human face on the statistics presented in the many road safety reports published around the world. For more information click here.

FEVR releases manual on organizing a World Day of Remembrance: The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was started by RoadPeace in 1993 and since then has been observed and promoted worldwide by several NGOs, including the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR).  This manual, jointly produced by FEVR and WHO provides guidance on organizing events for countries wishing to commemorate World Day of Remembrance. For more information click here.

Preventing injuries and violence: a guide for ministries of health was released by WHO in May. The document sets out the role of ministries of health in the prevention and management of injuries and violence and the development of effective injury and violence prevention programmes. The document is available in print form in English, and translations are under way in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish. For more information please see: