Global Actions in Focus
Drink Driving events in Mexico
Throughout the month of August 2013, the Global Actions Drink Drive Initiative in Mexico has hosted several events to promote the campaign, “Toward Zero Deaths for Drinking and Driving in Puebla.” On August 5 through 9, Global Actions launched a pilot program to present drink driving awareness training to approximately 1,000 students at the Colegio Nacional de Educación Profesional Técnica (CONALEP). The Secretary of Education of Puebla announced that this training will be integrated into courses that are given to students each year as part of their commitment to raise awareness among youth concerning the possible consequences of drink driving and harmful drinking.
Experts, including ICAP Country Manager in Mexico Mariana Guerra Rendon, spoke at a drink driving seminar
In addition to targeting youth, Global Actions also coordinated drink driving training for law enforcement agencies in Puebla on August 17. Approximately 100 representatives from the state and municipal police departments attended the event, along with other first responder personnel. The training was conducted by Dr. Othon Sanchez Cruz, former Director of the Mexico City Police’s “Programa Conduce Sin Alcohol Project”; William Georges, retired Assistant Chief of Police from Albany, New York and road safety consultant; and Mariana Guerra Rendon, ICAP Country Manager in Mexico.
William Georges, retired Assistant Chief of Police from Albany, New York and road safety consultant, delivers training to law enforcement personnel in Puebla
The training seminar focused on how to develop and implement a self-sustaining STOP-DWI program, and also discussed the impacts of traffic enforcement on crime reduction, enforcement techniques, data collection strategies, and youth education efforts within the local area. After the training event, law enforcement officials and agencies were encouraged to strengthen inter-departmental relationships to increase coordination of drink driving interventions.
Key Recent Milestones
· Vietnam: In partnership with the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) and the Thanh Hoa Provincial Traffic Safety Council (TSC), the Global Actions Drink Driving Initiative in Vietnam held the first capacity building workshop in Thanh Hoa City, Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam on August 16 and 17, 2013.
What's Happening Next
· Colombia: Global Actions will host a drink driving training seminar as part of Phase One of the Patrullero Project in Palmira, Colombia on August 30, 2013.