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Good practice submission

Good practice submission

What problem did you address/are you addressing? 
Villages are in a special situation from both traffic and public lighting points of view. Public lighting is very poor, and village residents often walk or cycle over to the neighbouring villages , using roads that are not lit and lack sidewalk, while the speed limit is 90 km/h. People walking without a visibility vest or other garment/object are perceived too late by the driver of a car travelling at this speed, which can result in a fatal or serious injury accident.In towns the situation is better, as even the outer areas are well-lit and can be reached by public transport. The speed limit is only 50 km/h and the infrastructure is more developed, there are more pedestrian crossings, traffic lights, etc. That is why it is important to call the attention of pedestrians and cyclists to the importance of high-visibility garments outside built-up areas, during the evening and limited visibility hours.
What are your objectives? 
Aim of the program: to improve pedestrian safety in Nógrád county, in the competency area of Szécsény Town Police Station in particular, in cooperation with the Civil Guard.
The aim is to prevent those accidents which happen due to not adequate visibility, in order to protect pedestrians and cyclists.
A significant part of pedestrian accidents can be attributed to visibility deficiencies.
List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Date 
Thursday, 1 October, 2015
Name of action 

The planning of the visibility campaign started in May 2015 by the Nógrád County Accident Prevention Committee, commissioned by the National Accident Prevention Committee.
The main lines along which the prevention activity should be carried out were drawn up, followed by an action plan, which contained the time schedule of the campaign, too.
The main aim is to prevent those accidents which happen due to not adequate visibility, in order to protect pedestrians and cyclists.
 
Where can pedestrians and cyclists find the high-visibility vests?
In small villages, settlements where there are very poorly lit roads, visibility vest should be available until the late evening hours.
The only places which are open until late at night are such pubs and clubs, therefore they are obviously the best spots to distribute the vests.
Police Station selected – call for participation – drawing up the action plan – finding the possible alcohol-serving places – contacting them – agreement.
Involving the local Civil Guard associations – they should contact the owners of the local alcohol-serving places – they can later check the use of the vests and provide for replacments. Police Station of Szécsény selected – 13 settlements – 32 alcohol-serving places.
Image designing: got the „Krétarajz„ (Chalk drawing) fancy name due to the chalk drawn human figure representing a run-down pedestrian, which appears on the posters. Designing two types of posters, logo, slogan : ”Visible protection”. Having the visibility vests produced with logo printing.
Campaign start in the local media on 1st October 2015. Campaign refeshing – blowing the chalk figure with fluorescent paint on the road, which calls the attention not only of pedestrians and cyclists, but also of other vehicles’ drivers, too, that they can expect pedestrians to appear on the given road section!  The campaign is always refreshed with new elements. 

How did you disseminate/are you disseminating results or how did you promote/are you promoting your initiative? 
Through the local media , and orally by the people who tell each other where they can get hold of the vests free of charge in the late hours. The fluorescent painted figure on the road calls even more the attention to the issue of visibility.Relevant websites: http://www.police.hu/hirek-es-informaciok/baleset-megelozes/kampanyok/elindult-a-kretarajz-szecsenybenhttp://www.baleset-megelozes.eu/cikk.php?id=1056
How did you evaluate/are you evaluating the success of your action? 
The indicator will be the reduction of the number of accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists.