Cambodian university students call for communities, government officials to #SlowDown to save lives
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 and Australian Embassy's Direct Aid Program, presented 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 organized #SlowDown to Save Lives campaigns at public places, three primary schools and three universities in Siem Reap Province: Kruosh Primary School, Wat Por Langka Primary School, Phum Thnol Primary School, Pannasasstra University of Cambodia, Cambodian University of Specialties, and University of South East Asia.
The Young Ambassadors for Road Safety is a network of young people from three universities in Siem Reap concerned about the issue of road safety in Siem Reap and in Cambodia. The Young Ambassadors for Road Safety (YARS) are committed to serve as road safety role models and aim to improve road safety knowledge, attitudes and behavior in our communities and among our peers